More than Books…

Libraries are more than books. They are dynamic and evolving places to learn, connect, and grow. Our library remains one of the best in the country, having received multiple national awards. It is a true local asset that provides services to all members of our community, including children, teens, seniors, small business owners, job seekers, and persons without access to computers or internet.

The Memphis Library Foundation enhances the Memphis Public Library through private funding and we need your help, continually.

Over the last year, we have:

  • Raised nearly $2 million to build, equip, and open CLOUD901, a new teen learning lab
  • Provided $50,000 in grant funds for the Small Business Center
  • Funded a successful iPad program for Seniors at multiple branches
  • Partnered with Hattiloo Theatre to present performances at 6 branches
  • Transformed the Central Library Children’s Courtyard
  • Presented our 2nd annual Libration event featuring bestselling author Jess Walter
  • Funded free access to, an online learning tool, for all customers

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Some of our goals in 2016 included:

  • Providing digital and technology improvements for customers
  • Funding new programs for youth, adults, and seniors
  • Establishing Early Learning Centers in selected branch libraries
  • Completing an interactive mobile pop up unit for community outreach
  • Expanding and improving WYPL’s programs and services
  • Creating artistic enhancements at selected branches
  • Launching a branding and awareness campaign for the library

Please consider supporting the Memphis Public Libraries with a private donation (click “Start Here” on the right).

Read about other ways to contribute by clicking here.


Downtown Cossitt Library Branch… Part of the Fourth Bluff/Civic Commons!

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The Fourth Bluff Project is the Memphis portion of the national “Re-imagining the Civic Commons” initiative. This project is a partnership between the City of Memphis, the Riverfront Development Corporation, the University of Memphis School of Law, and Innovate Memphis.

Along the riverfront, the historic Cossitt Library, Memphis Park and Mississippi River Park will be revitalized and transformed into places where Memphians from all neighborhoods and backgrounds can come together.

These public spaces and assets are being activated over the next three years with a variety of events, activities, prototypes, enhanced connectivity, signage, and public art, with the hope of redefining the public’s expectations of public parks and libraries, and foster socio-economic connections across boundaries in a culturally and environmentally sensitive way.



Check out these renderings: 4thBluffCivicCommons_April_2017

Read a Commercial Appeal article here, and watch the WMC-TV 5 coverage