Based on the most recent recommendations from the CDC, the WHO, Governor Pritzker and our Board of Directors, Bernie’s Book Bank has made the difficult decision to cancel all Volunteer sessions and discontinue onsite book donations to ensure the health and safety of our supporters and our Team.

For now we will continue to distribute quality books to the under-served children who rely on us for as long as our partners remain open and it is safe for our Team to do so. Additionally, we are researching alternative/interim partnership opportunities. 

Please consider a financial donation to Bernie’s Book Bank in support of our mission which is truly critical for the more than 300,000 under-served children who receive our books. Non-profits like Bernie’s Book Bank rely on the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations; every $12 provides 12 quality books.

Thank you for your partnership in keeping Bernie’s Book Bank safe, healthy and focused on the children we serve. We appreciate your patience, understanding and support during this difficult time.

Books for a Better Life

2 out of 3 low-income children have no books of their own. Bernie’s Book Bank, Chicago's largest provider of quality children’s books, is changing that with 12 books per year for 12 years.
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The Need


ratio of books per child in low-income neighborhoods


low-income homes that do not have children’s books


students who cannot read proficiently by the end of the 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare

The Impact

Quality Books Distributed Since 2009

Children Served With 12 Quality Books Annually

Volunteers Annually

Years of Books

Cost (in cents) to source, process & distribute each quality book

Who we are

Bernie’s Book Bank sources, processes and distributes quality children’s books to significantly increase book ownership among under-served infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland.

What we value

Moving children from poverty to gaining knowledge through reading which enables a legitimate pursuit of happiness.

Why we do it

We believe that books and reading are both the vehicle and the road to a better life.

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We accept all gently used & new children’s books for ages birth-sixth grade

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