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.



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 Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave., set for $5 donations. Come LOVE your Library!





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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!


Attend events to reactivate the Cossitt Library branch in downtown Memphis…  as an effort to reactivate the Fourth Bluff has been underway. The final night of the Pandemonium Cinema Showcase, celebrated the 45th anniversary of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, hosted in partnership with award-winning film director, producer and screenwriter Craig Brewer and Black Lodge Video. The “sweet” night featured live performances, singalongs, free movies, and candy galore! During the event, families enjoyed the free screenings of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, James and The Giant Peach, and more!

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Read the recent Commercial Appeal article here.


Cossitt sits along the bluff, now being referred to as the 4th Bluff and a part of a new pop-up garden series to urge people to rediscover the Missippi River’s “Fourth Bluff,” thanks to The City of Memphis, Riverfront Development Corporation, and Downtown Memphis Commission, in partnership with The TapBox, Memphis’ newest mobile beer vendor.

Check out the recent WMC-TV 5 coverage.



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
  • Friday, March 17
  • Friday, March 31
  • Friday, April 14
  • Friday, April 28

#5FridaysofFREEJazz is possible, thanks to:


Otolaryngologists Associates


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Ron and Jan Coleman



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.

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