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Friend of the Sycamore Library

The Friends of the Sycamore Library organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit run by volunteers whose sole purpose is to support Sycamore Public Library’s collections, services, programs, spaces, and staff. 

Our Vision:
To provide supplemental support for necessities not customarily encompassed in the library’s operating budget while advocating for the library, generating awareness, increasing financial sponsorship, & providing volunteer services the to Library.

Our Mission:
To promote understanding & appreciation of the Sycamore Library while supporting & cooperating with the Library in developing, maintaining, promoting & enhancing facilities, resources, & services for the community.

We would LOVE for you to become a friend! Meetings are on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm and guests are welcome. Can’t attend the meetings? There is still a place for you! We have lots of ways to get involved based on how much time you are willing and able to give.

To Learn More or Apply


Meet new people and share your skills working as a volunteer! The Sycamore Public Library has great opportunities for adults and teens doing everything from shelving items to helping out at programs. Whatever your interest, there is a place for you!

Adult Volunteer Application                     Teen Volunteer Application

Garden Volunteer

Our More Than Books Community Garden is a space where members of the community are able to learn, discover, create, and grow together. As a garden volunteer you can meet new people, share your skills, and get a little dirty in the process. Whether you are an experienced green thumb or new to the gardening scene, this is an opportunity for you to give back to your community in a meaningful way. Those who volunteer are able take home the fruits of their labor. Whatever remains goes to the local food pantry to help those in need. If you’re interested in taking part, please fill out the application below.

Garden Volunteer Application

Donations to the Library

You can provide extra support for Sycamore Public Library through a monetary donation that will help pay for some of the extras that enhance the library’s collections, programs, and services. No gift amount is too small and all gifts are appreciated! Consider making a gift:

  • As a holiday gift from your family
  • To honor a library-lover on a special occasion or milestone
  • To remember a loved one with a memorial donation or trust
Make a Donation

Display Case

Patrons, organizations, and local businesses may put a display in the case to show off personal collections or promote an upcoming program or event. The case is 2’ x ’2’ x 4.5” high with three adjustable/removable glass shelves. If you have questions about the Display Case, contact our Adult Services Department at 815-895-2500 ext. 126 or email us at If you are ready to go, fill in the application and staff will get back to you to confirm your date to use the case. We ask that you limit use of the case to one time per year.

                                                                      Display Case Application

Board Member Interest

Are you a City of Sycamore resident who is 18 years of age or older and LOVES your library? If so,


Support your library with your time, energy, and enthusiasm by becoming a board member.

We’re looking for:

  • Visionaries who believe in the importance and future of public libraries in community life.
  • Collaborators who are willing to listen, learn, ask questions, and share their thoughts and ideas.
  • Advocates who will share the great work the library is doing with others throughout the community.

Time Commitment:

  • 1.5-2 hours on the 2nd Tuesday of each month to attend Board meetings (meetings begin at 5:30 pm).
  • Additional time to participate in occasional committee meetings, library programs, and board training sessions.

All board meetings are open to the public. Feel free to attend a meeting to learn more about current projects and participating on a board. Questions? Contact us to learn more! Interested in joining us? Complete the Board Member Interest Form below.

Board Member Interest

Monday - Thursday

9:00am - 8:00pm


9:00am - 6:00pm


9:00am - 5:00pm


1:00pm- 5:00pm

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