Chicago’s Leading Provider of Free Quality Books
When 2 out of 3 under-served children lack books, something needs to change. That’s why Bernie’s Book Bank empowers nearly 300,000 Chicagoland children to read their way to a better life through book ownership.
Create Opportunities for Under-Served Children Through Literacy
Reading is the single most important skill a child needs — yet many lack access to books. Founded in 2009 by Brian Floriani to honor his father, Bernie’s Book Bank strives to make books accessible to all children.
- Commit to increasing book ownership and improving literacy growth
- Deliver age-appropriate, high-interest and culturally relevant books children deserve.
- Solve the challenge of providing quality books to under-served children — in Chicagoland — and beyond.
We need your help to continue increasing book ownership in under-served communities. By donating books, time and resources, you’re helping children reimagine the world and envision a better future.
Get Involved with Chicagoland’s Children’s Book Bank
Your support is needed to ensure under-served Chicagoland children have access to high-quality, culturally relevant books. Get involved and help increase literacy today.
“Access to books at home is critically important to children’s academic development. We thank Bernie’s Book Bank for their generous efforts to expand access to books to families in need.”
Latanya D. McDade
Former Chief Education Officer | Chicago Public Schools
Books Distributed in 2021
Books Given to Chicago Public Schools
Families Served Alongside Northern Illinois Food Bank
Active school & U6 partnerships
Invest in Children.
Invest in Our Future.
Financial gifts are critical to bringing the Bernie’s Book Bank mission to life.
BIRDIES & BOOKS: Bernie’s Book Bank Charity Golf Classic
Mon, Aug 29, 2022 | Shoreacres, Lake Bluff, Il
Join us for Birdies & Books, the longest-running Bernie’s Book Bank charity event. Held at the prestigious Shoreacres, Birdies & Books connects donors to our mission and helps Bernie’s Book Bank further its ability to provide books for a better life for nearly 300,000 under-served Chicagoland children.
Books Need Homes. Children Need Books.
At the heart of our mission is to source, process and distribute high-quality new and gently-used children’s books. Join us as we seek to improve outcomes for under-served children by increasing book ownership.
Organize a Book Drive
Make a big impact — for free — by hosting a Bernie’s Book Bank book drive.
Engage your whole community in the power of sustainable literacy by organizing a book drive using our easy 3-step guide.
Find a Book Drop Off
Locate one of our 120+ book drop off locations or stop by our Processing Center.
Donate your new and gently-used children’s books (less than 500) at a book drop or visit our Processing Center in Lake Bluff.
Check out the Latest from Bernie’s Book Bank
Stay up-to-date on our literary endeavors and find new ways to get involved.
The start of a year is synonymous with new resolutions and setting goals to accomplish them. However, according to a study conducted by...
On October 13th Bernie's Book Bank reached a major milestone, the distribution of our 20 MILLIONTH free book since 2009! To celebrate this...
Bernie's Book Bank welcomed children and families to the inaugural Storybook Festival on May 22nd. This new event celebrates the fun and...
Join thousands who receive weekly news, event updates and incredible stories from Bernie's Book Bank.