What has a library given to you? When you make a contribution to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation you support programs of The Indianapolis Public Library that give children, teens and adults the chance to learn, explore and imagine more.

Give the Library to Others

Friends of The Library

Donors of $25 or more are eligible to receive Friends of the Library cards. Friends of the Library cards give you early access to the Indy Library Store book sales and also provide preferred seating at the annual Marian McFadden Memorial Lecture. Friends cards are transferrable.

$25-$34 – 1 card
$35-$49 – 2 cards
$50 – $99 – 4 cards
$100+ – 8 cards

Make sure you check the box if you’d like to receive Friends cards!

Loyal Friends

Show your loyalty to your public library by setting up a monthly recurring gift. Monthly giving gives you an easy and convenient way to give, while giving the Library Foundation a more reliable source of funding to support your favorite Library programs.

When you set up your monthly gift, you’ll become part of Loyal Friends—an exclusive community of supporters who are making monthly gifts to the Library Foundation. Members of Loyal Friends receive the following benefits:

  • $10 off on 1-2 tickets to Circulate, the Library Foundation’s signature fundraising event
  • Coupon for one free book from the Indy Library Store each year
  • Quarterly updates on the impact of their monthly gifts

In addition to these exclusive benefits, members of Loyal Friends are also eligible for existing Friends benefits relative to their total annual gift, including Friends cards and preferred seating at McFadden Memorial Lectures.


The Library Foundation has received a Gold Transparency Seal from Candid in 2023.


Additionally, Charity Navigator, America's premier independent charity evaluator, awarded the Library Foundation three out of four stars. Our donors can give with confidence knowing that we have been independently evaluated for being effective. You can review our rating here.

Memorial Giving

A tribute gift to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation is a thoughtful way to celebrate the life of someone special, whether a friend or family member. Perhaps your loved one had a favorite author or book or loved the Library and a remembrance feels appropriate. Maybe there is a special occasion like retirement, a milestone birthday or anniversary, graduation...any event that demands a little extra thought or warrants a unique gift.

View Memorial Giving FAQs

Planned Giving

Leave a legacy for the Library. You can make a planned gift such as a contribution in a will, through a life insurance or retirement plan or other arrangements that can generate income for you. Whatever your goals, the Library Foundation can help you shape your legacy gift to support learning at the Library.

Have questions? Contact us.

Stock Gifts

The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation can accept gifts of stock. Please click here for instructions on how to give via stock.

Donor Rights

The Library Foundation adheres to the highest ethical standards in fundraising and financial management. As a donor to the Library Foundation, you have rights.

View Donor Bill of Rights