Company Overview

Empowering Educators
With a track record of world-class implementation in schools around the world, Follett has cultivated unmatched trust among librarians, teachers, and school leaders. For 145+ years, our mission has been to advocate for educators and advance education.

Inspiring Learning
Nothing drives better student outcomes than a devoted educator. Nothing engages students more than imaginative learning experiences. Follett has partnered with educators to provide the tools needed to shape the next generation of leaders, from books and materials to professional development resources.

Geographic Reach
Follett has a presence in more than 162 countries worldwide – we offer outstanding materials, technology, and services to educators in the United States, Canada, and beyond. Our large global presence allows us to understand the complex educational and cultural needs of each region.

The Follett Story

Follett Corporation was founded in 1873 when Charles M. Barnes opened a used book store in his home in Wheaton, Illinois, USA. He sold new and used textbooks, stationery, and school supplies.

C.W. Follett joined the company in 1901 as a stock clerk. The company soon evolved into a wholesaler, selling used books throughout the Midwest and as far away as the Oklahoma Territory.

In 1924, C.W. Follett and his wife, Edythe, purchased the company, and his four sons joined the business soon thereafter. During the next two decades, C.W.’s sons infused the company with ideas and enthusiasm, helping Follett Corporation to evolve and grow.

Each of the sons and future generations of Follett family members diversified the business, expanding into college bookstores and textbooks, classroom curriculum, school libraries, and software. Today, Follett Corporation is a fifth-generation family business. C.W. Follett’s great-great-grandchildren work for the company.


At Follett, whether your interest is working in a retail, corporate or warehouse environment in the U.S. or Canada, you can build a career within a stable and innovative company who is dedicated to your success.

Follett Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

Company Summary
Follett School Solutions
Number of Employees
(708) 884-3585
1340 Ridgeview Drive
McHenry, IL