PLEASE NOTE: We will be closed to drop-ins on Friday, October 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


Our mission is impossible without 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 welcome volunteers of all ages and abilities.

While the processing center is heated and cooled, it is still a warehouse type setting. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Also, comfortable closed toe shoes are highly recommended.

Individuals or individual families are welcome to join us at any of the following drop-in volunteer times shown below.

If you have a group of eight (8) or more, we ask that you kindly call or email us to schedule a special session.

Volunteers under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Drop in means you come and leave when you want during drop in volunteer hours. There’s no need to call ahead – just come:  

Mondays: 3:30 -5:30 p.m.
Tuesdays: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Wednesdays: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Fridays: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Saturdays: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.*

*SATURDAY MORNING VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP:  Please click here to reserve a volunteer spot for any available Saturday morning.

Groups can be scheduled for 2 hour sessions during the following time slots:

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 pm. – 3:00 p.m.
Thursdays: 10:30 p.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.

We strive to meet your scheduling needs.  Have a few dates and times in mind and send an email to: [email protected] or call 847-780-READ (7323).

Collecting books is fun. So is volunteering in our warehouse!
Bernie’s Book Bank relies on hundreds of volunteers to sort, sticker and bag collections of books for at-risk children. It’s fun, easy, not messy or physically taxing, and very rewarding.

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 and civic organizations, and kids organizations (Scouts, sports teams, confirmation classes, college clubs, etc.) We will be happy to set up a special volunteer opportunity for groups of eight or more by appointment. Send an email 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.

Bernie’s Book Bank is conveniently located in the upper west corner of Lake Forest, near the intersections of Rte. 176 and 294.

Our address is:
Bernie’s Book Bank Processing Center
28101 N. Ballard Dr. Unit A
Lake Forest, IL  60045
847-780-READ (7323)


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