Book Grant Application / Open Books
Submit this form to apply for a Book Grant. We limit our resources to those serving low-income families within the Chicagoland area.
All Book Grant operations take place at Open Books Pilsen (905 W. 19th Street, Chicago, IL 60608). If you have any questions about the program or the status of your request, contact us at
School / Organization Name
If CPS, please specify your school or department.
School / Organization ZIP Code
Must be within the Chicago metropolitan area.
Which of the following age group(s) do you work with?
Select all that apply.
Elementary School (K-5th Grade)
Middle School (6th-8th Grade)
High School (9th-12th Grade)
Book Grant Options
BOOK GRANT VOUCHERS
- Receive a free voucher via email to spend at the Open Books Pilsen bookstore
- $100 value (kids' books $1/ea.)
- Broad selection and variety of high-quality books for any age group
CLASSIC GRANTS (4-6 week wait)
- We assemble a variety of engaging books for you to pick up from Open Books Pilsen
- Perfect for literacy nights and community events
- Ideal for larger groups (100+ people)
How would you like to receive books?
Please note: Book Grant Vouchers are the best option if you want to choose which books you receive. For Classic Book Grants, we usually cannot include specific titles. Most Classic grants take 4-6 weeks to prepare.
Use a Book Grant Voucher
Pick up a Classic Book Grant
OPTIONAL: If you need these books for a special event, enter the date of the event here.
Please apply at least 4 WEEKS in advance of your event date if applying for a Classic book grant.
How many people do you need books for?
What percentage of the people you serve are low-income?
What grade(s) are they in?
If they are not in school, please give an age range.
What range of reading levels do they have?
Grade level equivalents and/or Guided Reading levels are most useful to us.
What types of books do they need most?
Please note: Our selection of Spanish books is extremely limited.
Baby board books
Early / Easy readers
Young adult books
Literature classics (age 13+)
Adult contemporary books / bestsellers
How will these books be used?
How did you hear about this program?
Is there anything else you would like us to know?
Code (if applicable)
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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