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.

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. Your donation will help create spaces and programs that inspire a lifelong passion for reading and learning.

Young Minds

Gifts to our Young Minds strategy help the library create the foundation for a successful life by addressing critical education issues like kindergarten readiness and supporting Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee.

Life Skills

Gifts to our Life Skills strategy help the library encourage our community to reach its potential by offering college and career readiness, adult learning and job search help for adults.

My Library

Gifts to our My Library strategy help create the next generation library by expanding our digital collections and personalizing services to address individual needs.


To make a gift in honor or memoriam of a friend or loved one, please call 614-849-1363.

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.

Louise A. Anderson Fund – Support Library customers in conducting research, with a special interest in the Main Library location.

For more information on ways to support our Endowment Funds, please contact the Development office at 614-849-1051.


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