Columbus Metropolitan Library


Individual Giving

No matter the size, every gift counts. Below are just a few ways you can personally give to support the library.

One Time Gift


There are several ways you can donate to the library today.

  1. Make a safe and secure online gift: Complete the donation form by clicking the DONATE box below.
  2. Give us a call at (614) 849-1363 during business hours to make a credit card gift over the phone.
  3. Mail a check addressed to:
    Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation
    96 S. Grant Ave.
    Columbus, OH 43215

Monthly Gift


With a monthly gift, you’ll feel good knowing that each month you’re helping to provide books that people love, free programs that benefit our entire community, and library spaces that are open to all.

To set up your monthly giving, complete the safe and secure online form by clicking the DONATE box below. Remember to select the box that indicates this is a recurring gift.

Thank you for your generous support of Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation.
If you have questions, please call us at (614) 849-1051 or send us an email using Contact Us below.


Major Gifts

By making a major gift (starting at $50,000), your generosity will inspire and transform lives. Substantial or multi-year commitments enable the library to creatively tackle current issues and provide innovative solutions to make the most out of vital programs. Contact us about current funding opportunities.


Honor / Memorial Gifts

Tribute gifts are a meaningful way to honor or remember an individual. For gifts of $25 or more you can choose to recognize someone with a commemorative bookplate with the message of your choice to be placed in Columbus Metropolitan Library’s collection.

Planned Giving


Through planned giving, you have the ability to receive valuable tax benefits and even a lifetime of income. You can give to the library in many different ways.

Planned Giving


Through planned giving, you have the ability to receive valuable tax benefits and even a lifetime of income. You can give to the library in many different ways.

We encourage these types of Legacy Gifts:

  • Cash
  • Marketable Securities
  • Tangible Personal Property
  • Real Property
  • Bequests through Wills or Trusts
  • Charitable Gift Annuities
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts
  • Charitable Lead Trusts
  • Retirement Plan Assets
  • Life Insurance
  • Pooled Income Funds

The Easiest of Legacy Gifts is a Bequest by Will or Trust

All it takes is a simple designation in a will or trust, such as this sample language in your estate planning documents:
“I give and bequeath to Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation, Columbus, Ohio, an unrestricted gift in the sum of $(Amount) or % (Percent) of my estate, real or personal, which I own at the time of my death or over which I have power of disposition. The Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation shall administer said assets for the sole benefit of Columbus Metropolitan Library.


Give to an Established Fund

First, you can give any amount. Every gift to the library, regardless of size, powerfully impacts our community. Gifts can be directed toward one of following funds:

Innovation Fund/Area of Greatest Need
This gift supports the library, year after year, providing us with a steady stream of revenue that ensures the health and vitality of the library for years to come.

Young Minds
This gift helps the library address critical education issues like kindergarten readiness and high school graduation.

Life Skills
This gift helps 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
This gift helps create the next generation library by expanding our digital collections and personalizing services to address individual needs.

Create a Named Fund

Any gift of $50,000+ allows you an opportunity to establish a named fund in your name or in the name of a loved one.

We are happy to discuss your legacy of giving. If you would like more information regarding the giving options, please contact the Development Office at 614-849-1051.

Corporate Giving

Corporations and organizations can make a big impact. Whether it’s combining the gifts of employees or giving directly from your business, you have many options to give.

Sponsorships/Programs Underwriting

Columbus Metropolitan Library’s success is due – in part – to the generous contributions of key business and organizations that support our efforts. Sponsorship dollars help to underwrite our programs and services.

We simply couldn’t do our work without you. In exchange, a partnership with Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation provides the unique opportunity to connect with library customers – leveraging your brand with ours.


August – May: Homework Help

May – August: Summer Reading Challenge

July – August: Kindergarten Success Camp

October: Teen Read Week

November: Holiday Open House

December – February: Winter Reading Challenge

Year-Round: Reading Buddies

Year-Round: Workforce Development Program

Year-Round: Carnegie Author Series

For more information about sponsoring a program, contact us at 614-849-1051 or

Startup Funds

If your business or organization is interested in partnering with the library to discuss how you could help launch a new initiative, contact us at (614) 849-1051 or


Celebration of Learning

For more than thirty years, we have raised vital funds for the library thanks to our annual signature fundraising event.

Major Gifts

Contact us about current funding opportunities.


Workplace Giving

Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation is the proud recipient of employee giving campaigns, including United Way and the Combined Charitable Campaign.  Many companies also start their own fundraisers. Jeans’ Days, book drives, chili cook-offs – the possibilities are endless!

Contact us at (614) 849-1051 or


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. Some companies even match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.

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!

Contributions of any amount will help provide books, educational programs, and online resources to thousands of central Ohioans who love Columbus Metropolitan Library as much as you do.

Other Ways to Support Your Library


When you shop on Amazon, go through its charitable giving program AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. And 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases will be donated to Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation when you select our organization.

Kroger Community Rewards

When you connect your Plus Card to the library, Kroger will donate a portion of the sales to our organization. To get started, sign up with your Plus Card below, and select Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation (group number PH417). Once enrolled, you’ll earn rewards every time you shop and use your Plus Card. Remember to renew annually to keep your account active.


Donate Books

For more information, please call (614) 849-1051.

Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

96 S. Grant Ave. | Columbus, Ohio 43215