Donate to the Friends and the Library

The Friends of the Library are members of the community just like you - people who value the library and its services. We think of ourselves as the library's best friends.

All memberships and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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Opportunities To Give

Donations, memberships, and gifts to the Friends of the Library support the Library's vital role in our community.

Where The Need Is Greatest

  • Library Experiences for Everyone.

Contribute to the Friends efforts to support and supplement the library's books, music, movies, programs, and services. Your donation will help the Friends respond in a timely manner and address the library's immediate needs.

Guest Author

  • The Power of Words. Changing Our World One Author at a Time.

A biennial community event featuring guest authors whose literary talent, imagery, and eloquence provide an insight into local issues and concerns - authors whose writing and speaking styles capture the hearts and minds of our community.

Ensure the Future

  • General Endowment: Guarantees perpetual funds for an annual grant to the Library for programs, special needs, and staff development
  • Diane Breeden Lee Children's Endowment: Ensures support for the library's innovative and outstanding children's services
  • Ruthmarion Becker Endowment for VITAL: Supports reading and literacy for adults through the library's Volunteers In Tutoring Adult Learners (VITAL) programs
  • Build the Collection Endowment: Assures that the library's book, media, and research collections remain current and dynamic, enriching lives and meeting the evolving needs of the community
  • Judith Serebnik Endowment for Adult Services: Funds programs and services at the Library for adults of all ages
  • Paula B. Anderson Endowment for the Power of Words: Provides perpetual support to bring a nationally known author to Bloomington as a gift to the community for The Power of Words: Changing Our World One Author at a Time
  • Sara Laughlin Endowment for Library Staff Development: Provides funds to inspire and support library information specialists to be trusted resources for information
  • Marian Armstrong Fund for Special Exhibits: Funds special exhibits in the Library for all in the community to enjoy

Planned giving. A legacy of enduring support.

  • Estate and Investment Gifts. We will work with you to create a planned gift agreement to fulfill your vision of providing for the future of public library resources important to you. Call the Friends Office, 812-349-3050, ext 1080.

Gifts of all sizes have made important contributions to our public library and include the purchase of Indiana Room materials, a new bookmobile, the book bike, the Story Walks at Reverend Butler and Flatwoods parks, as well as a gift of $620,000 which purchased the site for the library building on Kirkwood Avenue in 1966.

The Friends of the Library, also known as the Monroe County Public Library Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.We collect and administer the grants, gifts, bequests, and other monies (outside of local tax receipts) that help make the library's many programs such an integral part of our community.