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 “Start Here” link to your right, to make a general donation today!

Below are other ways, to give.


The Memphis Library Foundation holds a few events per year, providing a FUN way to support the Memphis Public Libraries.

We’re thrilled to announce that Memphis will host the screening of the new documentary Ex Libris: The New York Public Library, by acclaimed filmmaker Frederick Wiseman. The film examines the New York Public Library as it reconfigures itself for the digital age. Ex Libris is playing to rave reviews at film festivals and selected cities around the world. Rotten Tomatoes gives it 100 out of 100!

Please join us for an exclusive reception and film screening on Sunday, October 15, beginning at 5:00 pm. We’ll start out with wine and small bites at a private home near the Ridgeway Malco Cinema Grill (5853 Ridgeway Center Pkwy., 38120), and then make our way to the theatre for the screening at 6:45 pm.

Tickets are $75 per person, which includes the reception, the screening, and a small donation to the Memphis Public Libraries.

Space is limited, so buy your tickets here today.

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NEW 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. Read more about Corporate Knowledge Bowl by clicking here!


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The Library offers more than books… come join us for our 5FridaysofFREEJazz event, thanks to partner The Levitt Shell, every April. This event started in 2016, as 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 Public Libraries and Levitt Shell provides.

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

2018 dates to come in March, 2018 – – at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Avenue… from 6-9pm:

#5FridaysofFREEJazz has been possible, thanks to:


Otolaryngologists Associates


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and Ron and Jan Coleman


Shannon and Afshan KirkIn 2015 and 2016, we had a “Party in the CLOUD” event which was was held in the newly built CLOUD901 learning learning lab, allowing adults an exclusive experience in a space normally for teens only. Read more about Party in the CLOUD here!




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, so that $5 donations may be made. Come LOVE your Library!

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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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