Friends of Lincoln Library

The Friends of Lincoln Library invite you to join them in supporting Springfield's Public Library. They share a common belief that a good library is extremely important to the intellectual and cultural growth of the community. Members of the Friends work together to help Lincoln Library in a number of ways. Funds raised from annual book sales are given to the library to enhance the collection, support progams and purchase equipment. In addition, the Friends provide Dial-A-Story (525-5000) for children. They support the library staff by underwriting the cost of its annual Staff Institute.

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Membership & Volunteer

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Sarita Dixon, President
Steve Rambach, Vice President
Becky Whitlow, Secretary
Nancy Runyan, Treasurer

If you have questions about the Friends of Lincoln Library, phone 217-753-4900, x5602, or email



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Many of the books and items sold during the Friends of Lincoln Library sales have been donated by individuals and groups in the community. Donated items are not held over between sales. We thank all our donors for enriching the library's collection and making the sales a success.

The library takes donations of good, used books year-round. When making donations please abide by the lists below. If your items cannot be accepted by the library, please be considerate and dispose or recycle them yourself. The City of Springfield has put together a recycling guide with disposal directions and locations. When the library receives unacceptable items, funds that could have been used to enhance the library and its collection must be used to pay the garbage and recycling fees.

If you have a small number of books to donate (no more than 3 bags or boxes), you can drop them in the bin in the lobby. Please do not leave items outside the bin or place them in the book return. If you have a large number of donations, you must email or call 753-4900, x5602, or, to arrange a drop-off time.

Tax receipts are available at the Circulation Desk. Please note, we will not assign a value to your items.


  • Items in good condition -- Clean, dry, mold-free.
  • Books with covers
  • Nonfiction -- Items published in the last 10 years.
  • Audiobooks on CD
  • Music CDs
  • DVDs
  • Video Games


  • Items that are unhealthy to handle -- Dirty, moldy, smelly, burnt, damp, bug-ridden, chewed-on.
  • School & College Textbooks
  • Magazines
  • Vinyl Records
  • Books with missing covers, broken spines, pages torn out.
  • Magazines more than one-year-old.
  • Encyclopedias
  • Homemade DVDs or CDs
  • VHS tapes
  • Cassette tapes
  • Reader’s Digest condensed books.
  • Law case, statute and regulation books.
  • Nonfiction books published more than 10-years-ago.
  • Catalogs
  • Travel guides more than 3 years old.
  • Leaving items outside the donation bin or placing them in the book return is unacceptable. If you have a large amount of items, please email or call 753-4900, x5602, for a drop-off time.