Book Ends Bookstore

The Friends of WNPL raise money for the library through Book Ends, their used book store, and other projects. Book Ends is open for browsing during library hours, and is a wonderful place to find long sought after titles, as well as well recent popular best-sellers. Book Ends is organized by reading level and genre, which makes it a pleasure to browse for your next great read!

The Friends also sponsor special Saturday book sales. All book sales are held from 10am-3pm in Meeting Room A.

While the Friends appreciate book, DVD, and music CD donations for Book Ends and their Saturday Sales, please keep in mind the following basic donation guidelines.

The Friends reserve the right to not accept items on the basis of specific condition, age or saleability as follows:


  • Items that are unhealthy or dangerous to handle–dirty, moldy, smelly, burnt, chewed or water damaged
  • Books with broken spines; loose, torn or missing pages; torn or discolored covers; covers torn off
  • Books with food or other stains, missing pages, writing, coloring or highlighting
  • Materials infected with insects or rodent droppings
  • Items in boxes that have been moved directly from storage and not inspected by donor


  • Travel books more than 5 years old unless they have many pictures or appear to have literary value
  • Workbooks or study guides more than 5 years old
  • Test preparation guides more than 5 years old
  • Books on medical/health, financial/investment and law topics more than 5 years old
  • Price guide and almanacs more than 1 year old


  • Textbooks
  • Most encyclopedias, except those published before 1950
  • Encyclopedia year books
  • 8-tracks, cassettes, VHS tapes, computer games, vinyl records (LPs, 78s, 45s)
  • Homemade DVDs, CDs, videos or cassette tapes
  • Reader’s Digest condensed books
  • Catalogs (college, sales or direct mail)
  • Professional journals
  • AAA travel guides
  • Computer software manuals
  • Calendars, unused cards/postcards and blank books
  • Magazines of any age, except for cooking magazines
  • National Geographic magazines, bound or unbound

Most materials not accepted by the Friends can be accepted by the Village of Grayslake Recycling Center at 585 Berry Avenue (off of Route 83 just north of Frederick Road). For more info and hours, follow this link.