Gifts to the Library are an investment in our community.

When you give to the library today, you place books in the hands of children and learners of all ages. You support programs that inspire a lifelong passion for reading and learning. You provide vital services to members of our community who are in need.

Summer Reading Club

Gifts to the Summer Reading Club help to provide a summer-worth of educational and entertaining programming for thousands of central Ohio kids and teens. More importantly, it ensures that kids maintain their reading skills over the summer so they start school at the right reading level.

Ready to Read Corps

Ready to Read Corps is a first-of-its-kind initiative that takes the library into six at-risk communities to teach parents and caregivers of children ages 0 to 5 how to be their child's first teacher and prepare their children for kindergarten.

Homework Help Center

Homework Help Centers in all 22 library locations provide students with everything they need to complete their homework – friendly staff and volunteers to provide homework help, computers, printers, school supplies and a collection of resource books.

Area of Greatest Need

Gifts to the area of greatest need allow us the flexibility to support urgent priorities and emerging opportunities at the library.

Adopt a Book

You love the way a book feels, even the way it smells. So why not share your love by adding new books to our collection? You can even recognize the name of a friend or loved one with a commemorative bookplate in the books purchased with your gift.

Please consider a minimum gift of $25.

Make a Gift Today

  • Safe and secure online gift
  • Mail a check made out to the Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation to:
    Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation
    96 South Grant Avenue
    Columbus, Ohio 43215
  • By phone at 614-849-1363

Endowment Fund Gift

A gift that supports the library, year after year. By giving to the library’s endowment fund today, you provide us with a steady stream of revenue that ensures the health and vitality of the library for years to come. Unrestricted endowment gifts can be designated to the Endowment Fund or make a gift to one of the following established endowments:

Cody Conover Fund for Young Minds – Supports initiatives specifically for children, as well as their parents and caregivers, from birth through the teen years.

Larry Black Fund for At Risk Youth – Provides new materials that serve the most at-risk youth in our community.

Julian Sinclair Smith Fund for Library Books and Materials – Builds the library’s collection, and ensures that our books and materials reflect changing trends in information and education, encouraging lifelong learning.

For details on creating a new endowed fund in your name or the name of a loved one, please contact Development staff at 614-849-1363.

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