Open Books North Lawndale is open!
3812 W. 16th Street
M: By Appointment
Tu: 3:00pm-6:00pm
We: 9:00am-12noon
Th: 3:00pm-5:00pm
Fr: By Appointment
Sa: 11:30am-3:00pm
Su: Closed

Open Books North Lawndale is a Pay What You Want bookstore where all the kids books are free and the adult books are pay what you want. Check out our weekly free bookstore programs for kids and families below.

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Open Books Crafternoons

Thursdays 3:00pm-4:00pm

Join us for an hour literacy related crafting.

No cost or registration required, best suited for children ages 6-9.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Storytime Saturdays at 11:30am

Let’s read books, sing songs, do corresponding crafts, and connect with our community.

No cost or registration required, best suited for children 0-5.


Want to help? Donate your favorite books and share the experience with other readers.

Donate Books

Your Meeting Here!

We are open for west side organizations to host meetings and family programming. Have a need for some space? Email Chelsea Ridley, Director of Community Engagement - [email protected]

Volunteer With Us!

Volunteers make everything we do possible, from helping customers find books through sorting through brand-new donations. See the details and get started!

Got Books to Donate?

Wonderful! Bring them during any open hours!
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At Open Books, something wonderful is always happening! View our events calendar to learn more about upcoming events.

Events Calendar