Your Gifts Support the Library

The library accepts a variety of gifts. To learn more about making your gift, please review our Gift Acceptance Policy.

Endowment Gifts

Establishing a permanent endowment fund in your name or the name of a loved one is a wonderful way to make a gift to Columbus Metropolitan Library that will last a lifetime. A contribution of $50,000 or more will establish a named endowment in perpetuity. Or make a gift to an existing Endowment Fund. For information please contact Development staff at 614-849-1363.

Legacy Gifts

Planned gifts are an integral part of ensuring our library’s excellence for generations to come. Planned gifts can also provide you with valuable tax benefits, and even lifetime income. The Library accepts a variety of planned gifts including Bequests through Wills or Trust, Charitable Gift Annuity, Charitable Remainder Trust, Retirement Plan Assets and Life Insurance Donation. The Library Legacy Society recognizes those individuals who have shared their intentions to make a planned gift to the library. For information about making a planned gift, please contact Development staff at 614-849-1363.

Corporate Giving and Sponsorship

Our generous corporate partners provide start-up funds for innovative programs like the Ready to Read Corps and incentives and awards for Summer Reading Club participants. They underwrite educational programs like our Financial Education Day and sponsor Celebration of Learning, our annual fundraising event that brings in over $500,000 to support the library. If your business or organization is interested in partnering with the library, please contact Development staff at 614-849-1363.

Matching Gifts

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. To find out if your company has a matching gift program, contact your Human Resources Department. If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift. We will do the rest. The impact of your gift may be doubled or possibly tripled! Some companies match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.


Volunteers are an invaluable resource for the library. People of all ages and walks of life can volunteer. Learn more about volunteer opportunities here

Donate Books

Columbus Metropolitan Library welcomes gifts of books and other materials. Details on how to make your donation can be found here.

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

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