“To build up a library is to create life.”

— Carlos María Domínguez, author

Friends of Peoria Public Library invests in building a better life for all of us by underwriting enriching library programs and events that are beyond the library’s financial grasp.

On average, this volunteer-led non-profit invests about $25,000 a year to supplement Peoria Public Library’s budget — from crayons and crafts to renting out the entire Peoria Riverfront museum for our annual Summer Reading celebration.

The Friends Book Sale – held every March – is the signature fundraiser. Unfortunately, due to COVID, the book sale was cancelled in 2020 and 2021.

You don’t have to be a member of Friends – though we hope you will be – to support the library. You can make a secure donation online by clicking on the Donate button to the right. Not only is your gift secure, but it is also tax-deductible.

Rest assured, your contact information is safe with us too. We do not sell or exchange information.

Your gift, at whatever amount, will be used exclusively to support the library. No member or officer of Friends is paid. We are all volunteers who believe in the great good of public libraries.

If you prefer, you can also mail a check to:

Friends of Peoria Public Library
107 NE Monroe St.
Peoria, IL 61602

Planned Giving

Please consider including Peoria Public Library and/or Friends of Peoria Public Library in your estate planning. If you would like to discuss a bequest, endowment or naming rights in relation to the library, please contact the library’s Executive Director Randall Yelverton at (309) 497-2140 or


Friends of Peoria Public Library is a 501(c)(3) so all donations — financial or otherwise — are tax deductible. 

Please consider donating directly or choose one of our custom sponsorships below.