Donation Center

The Memphis Library Foundation enhances the Memphis Public Library through private funding and we need your help! While there are many options to support, your time, talent and financial contributions are needed on an on-going basis.

Just click on the “Donate” link to your right, to make a general donation today!

Below are other ways, to give.


The Memphis Library Foundation holds an annual author event, in a donor’s private home. For 2017, our featured author is Richard Grant, an author, journalist and television host, who will talk about his work and books on Thursday, April 27, at 7pm.

He currently writes for Smithsonian magazine, New York Times, Al Jazeera America, the Telegraph UK, Aeon and several other publications. He grew up in London, England, and now lives in Jackson, Mississippi. The impulse to wRGrantpicander was the subject of his first book American Nomads, Travels With Lost Conquistadors, Mountain Men, Cowboys, Indians, Hoboes, Truckers and Bullriders (Grove Press, 2003). Published in the UK as Ghost Riders, Travels With American Nomads (Little Brown, 2003) it won the 2004 Thomas Cook Travel Literature Award. Soon afterwards, he began travelling in the Sierra Madre Occidental in northern Mexico, a violent, lawless mountain range that begins just south of the American border and extends for nearly nine hundred miles. It contains cave-dwelling Indian tribes, four canyons deeper than the Grand Canyon, and is one of the world’s biggest production areas for marijuana and heroin. These travels resulted in his second book God’s Middle Finger, Into The Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre (Free Press, 2008), published in the UK as Bandit Roads, Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre (Little Brown, 2008).

His third book Crazy River: Exploration and Folly in East Africa chronicles his efforts to make the first descent of the Malagarasi River in Tanzania, and subsequent projects in Burundi and Rwanda. Richard’s latest book is the best-selling Dispatches From Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta, about his move to the backwoods of Mississippi, and the layered complexity of race relations  there. Other projects include the BBC documentary film American Nomads, hosted, narrated and written by Richard, and a consulting role in the multiple-award-winning new documentary Omo Child: The River and The Bush, about ending infanticide in Southern Ethiopia.

Click here for 1 ticket ($150)…

Click here for 2 tickets ($150/ea or $300)…

Click here for 3 tickets ($150/ea or $450)…

image by ©2012 Michael Crook |, @richardgrantwriter



Julie Ray

The Memphis Library Foundation holds a few events per year, a FUN way to contribute and get involved with the Library.

In 2015, the first Party in the CLOUD event was held, allowing adults an exclusive experience in a space normally for teens only. The 2016 Party in the CLOUD was a hit as well. Stay tuned to see what type of party is set for 2017.

Read more about Party in the CLOUD here!


CKB-Color-LogoOur annual Corporate Knowledge Bowl, is in the Fall every year, and is a time for corporations to compete and show that they are “The Smartest Company in Memphis.” GP Cellulose Memphis took the title in 2016, and we can’t wait to see who takes it in 2017, scheduled for the week of Oct. 2, 2017. Deadline to sign up is Sept. 11, with discounts available until Sept. 1, 2017.

Read more about Corporate Knowledge Bowl by clicking here!



New logo 2017

The Library offers more than books… come join us for the 2nd year of 5FridaysofFREEJazz, thanks to our partnership with the Levitt Shell.

What started in 2016, is a collaboration between the Memphis Public Libraries and the Levitt Shell, to help build community by exposing new and established audiences to a consistent genre’ of music which is inherent to our city’s culture. New visitors are exposed to the Levitt Shell and the Benjamin Hooks Library for the first time. It is also our belief that new patrons will be endeared to #5FridaysofFREEJazz and become sponsors/underwriters, and those attending will make a donation to support what the Memphis Libraries and Levitt Shell provide. We are thankful to experience the joy in fulfilling our shared missions of diversity in age, ethnicity, gender, and the sharing of information sharing during the 2017 series.

At #5FridaysofFREEJazz, attendees can bring their own food (like at Levitt Shell’s concerts) or purchase food.

2017 Dates – – at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Avenue… from 6-9pm:

  • Friday, March 3 – Reach
  • Friday, March 17 – The International Jazz Twins (Carl and Alan McGuire)
  • Friday, March 31 – “Women of Jazz with Joyce Cobb” & the Rhodes College Jazz Orchestra preceded by The STAX Music Academy  Jazz Ensemble
  • Friday, April 14​ – The (Re)Birth of Cool with the University of Memphis Birth of Cool Ensemble
  • Friday, April 28 – The Legends of Jazz Quintet Ensemble with Dr. Bill Hurd

#5FridaysofFREEJazz is possible, thanks to:

arts-memphis-logo-2 Otolaryngologists Associates Levitt_Shell_logo  Memphis-Library-Foundation---HI RES logo

Friends of the Library OFFICIAL LOGO

and Ron and Jan Coleman





For the first time… Memphis Public Library customers may donate in-person at various Library branches. The Memphis Library Foundation has installed a DipJar, currently at the Poplar/White Station Library branch, 5094 Poplar Ave., set for $5 donations. Come LOVE your Library!

Pop White pic



AmazonSmileThroughout the year, when shopping on Amazon, 0.5% of your purchase price may be donated to the Memphis Library Foundation, by shopping/choosing us.

Click here to support the Library through your Amazon orders.



Kroger Community Rewards logoNow, you can support the Memphis Public Libraries while shopping at Kroger.  The Memphis Library Foundation was recently approved to be a Kroger Community Rewards organization. A percentage of your Kroger grocery bill will come back to support the Libraries, every time you shop at Kroger.  It’s as easy as:

  • choosing: “Enroll”
  • choosing: Organization “Memphis Library Foundation” or Organization #94923



CFGM WWL_WTG_ComboLogoWe have joined The Community Foundation for a Greater Memphis’ latest endeavor to help citizens understand Memphis better and invest in nonprofits that are improving their community. and are a pair of websites that launched in 2015, and the Memphis Library Foundation is a featured nonprofit organization to give to. Check it out here!



Another option is with long term plans, to make a long-lasting impact. Consider the Memphis Library Foundation in your will or estate plan. Here are a few options…

  • Designate a specific amount or a specific percentage of your estate as a gift to the Memphis Library Foundation.
  • Name the Memphis Library Foundation as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy.
  • Designate part or all of an IRA or retirement plan account to the Memphis Library Foundation.
  • Designate your bequest as an endowment that will support the Library on an annual and on-going basis.

Wills trust estate planning

Depending upon your circumstances, you may be able to: reduce income, gift, and estate taxes; secure a source of cash flow for the rest of your life; and/or reduce or eliminate capital gains taxes.

Please let us know if you have already made a provision for us in your will, or any of the above options.

Support the Memphis Public Library so that we can continue to enlighten individuals, support families, and empower our community. Make a one-time contribution today, talk to us about an on-going gift, or lend your time and talent as a volunteer.




Your support, at whatever level, helps!

Please consider a financial donation today, by clicking here.

entry creative