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The Friends of the Library are dedicated volunteers who raise funds to support the mission, programs, and services of Westchester Public Library. They are library champions, volunteering their time to prepare books and other items for semi-annual book sales.

Book sales contain thousands of gently used and new donated items at bargain prices. You’ll find books for all ages, movies, children’s toys, music, magazines, audiobooks, and, occasionally, special items up for bid. The last day of each book sale offers a $3 per bag deal, making it easy to stock up on books and other items for yourself or to give as gifts.

Friends of the Library annual memberships are $5 for individuals and $10 for families, and membership allows special access to the Friends-Only Preview Night before each sale. The use of electronic scanning devices on items in book sales is prohibited at all times.

Donations of items for Book Sales may be brought to the collection box inside the front doors of the Thomas Branch. Friends of the Library and Library staff are not permitted to estimate values of donated items, but donors are provided, upon request, written acknowledgement of the type and number of items donated.

The Friends DO accept

  • Fiction and nonfiction hardcovers, paperbacks, and graphic novels

  • DVDs, BluRays, music CDs, audiobook CDs

  • Board or other games with all pieces intact

  • Console and computer software video games

  • Gently used children’s plastic toys (no plush toys)

The Friends DON’T accept

  • Items that are tattered, stained, moldy, or that have liquid or smoke damage, excessive markings, broken bindings, or torn/missing pages or covers

  • National Geographic Magazines

  • Encyclopedias

  • Magazines older than 1 year

  • Reader’s Digest Condensed books

  • Vinyl records, 8-Tracks, cassette or VHS tapes, homemade media

  • Computer, textbooks, or travel books older than 3 years

  • Newspapers

  • Household or office items


Thomas Branch (Main)

200 W. Indiana Avenue
Chesterton, IN 46304

Mon-Thurs 9am-9pm
Friday 9am-6pm
Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday 1pm-5pm

Hageman Branch

100 Francis Street
Porter, IN 46304

Mon-Fri 9am-6pm
Saturday 1-5pm
Sunday Closed

Westchester Township History Museum

700 W. Porter Avenue
Chesterton, IN 46304

Closed: Sun/Mon
By appointment only: Tues, Thurs, Fri
Open to public: Wednesdays and 2nd & 4th Saturdays 12-5pm