Volunteer at Bernie’s Book Bank

Our mission is possible because of the help and dedication of many!  We value your time: When you volunteer for Bernie’s Book Bank, it is our goal to ensure that you receive much MORE than you give.  We encourage groups of any size to spend their community service hours sorting and bagging books for us. Each week, we host large groups from businesses, religious, civic and children’s organizations (Scouts, sports teams, college clubs, etc.)

  • We welcome volunteers of all ages and abilities.
  • The processing center is heated and cooled, but it is a warehouse setting. Please wear closed toe shoes.
  • Individuals or individual families are welcome to join us at drop-in volunteer times shown below.

Volunteer Schedule

Drop-in / Small Group Volunteer Hours (8 or less people) 

  • Please arrive at the beginning of the session.
  • No advance reservation necessary except for Saturday morning

Mondays: 3:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m.
Tuesdays: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Wednesdays: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fridays: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.* Please click here to reserve a volunteer spot for any available Saturday morning.

Group Volunteer Hours (8 or more people) 

  • For groups of 8 or more volunteers
  • Must be reserved. Please see contact information below.

Mondays: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tuesdays: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Thursdays: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Fridays:  1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Under 18 Volunteer Policies

Rules for volunteers under 16 years of age:              

  • There must be one adult present for the entire session for every four children under the age of 16
  • All volunteers under age 16 who are volunteering with an adult other than their parent / legal guardian must have a signed copy of Volunteer/Parental Consent Form each time they volunteer, available here: Parental/Legal Guardian Consent Form

Rules for volunteers age 16-17:

  • 16-17 year old volunteers may volunteer without a parent / legal guardian present only if they have a signed copy of Volunteer/Parental Consent Form each time they volunteer, available here: Parental/Legal Guardian Consent Form


Court Mandated Community Service

All court mandated community service hours must be approved by Processing and Volunteer Supervisor prior to volunteering.



We strive to meet your scheduling needs.  Please send a few preferred dates to: [email protected] or call 847-780-READ (7323).

We also offer corporations and businesses the opportunity to host teambuilding activities in the warehouse. Click here to learn more about having a Corporate Engagement Teambuilding Event at Bernie’s Book Bank.


Our Location:
Bernie’s Book Bank is conveniently located in the upper west corner of Lake Forest, near the intersections of Rte. 176 and Waukegan Rd.

Bernie’s Book Bank Processing Center
917 North Shore Drive.
Lake Bluff, IL  60044
847-780-READ (7323)


Please contact Andy Donovan, Processing and Volunteer Supervisor:  [email protected] or 847-780-READ (7323).

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