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Help Write Our Library’s Next Chapter

Benjamin Franklin formed our country’s first lending library in 1731. Since then, generation after generation of individuals who value education have made generous gifts to their public library. This is where you and the St. Louis County Library Foundation come in. Together, we can sustain and enrich our public libraries and leave a legacy for future readers. We invite you to explore ways to support our mission and make a difference today!

One Time Gifts

The St. Louis County Library Foundation is grateful for individual donations of any amount. 

Make a Donation

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Payment methods include debit/credit card, PayPal, Venmo, and Apple Pay.

If you would rather gift us by check, please make them payable to St. Louis County Library Foundation and mail them to:

St. Louis County Library Foundation       
1412 S. Spoede Rd.       
St. Louis MO, 63131

Friends Membership

Why join? Maybe you have fond memories visiting the library as a child...or literacy has been important in shaping the person you are today...or you love attending the popular Author Event Series. St. Louis County Library provides the resources and services to enrich individuals, enhance lives and expand perspectives. Learn about annual membership levels and benefits.

Become a Friend


Other Ways to Give

Tribute Gifts

A tribute is an opportunity to make a thoughtful, one-of-a-kind gift in support of literacy. Tribute gifts support the St. Louis County Library’s numerous literacy programs. A personalized acknowledgement of your gift will be sent to the individual honored or the family who has lost a loved one, without reference to the size of the gift.

Your gift will be recognized in the Foundation newsletter. 

Make a Tribute Gift

For more information on ways to donate to the St. Louis County Library Foundation please contact Terri Williams, at 314-994-3300 ext. 2152 or


Donor Advised Funds

A donor advised fund is like a charitable savings account; it gives the donor the flexibility to recommend how much and how often money is granted to the Foundation.

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Planned Giving

Remembering the Library Foundation in your planned giving decisions, such as wills and living trusts helps the library make a lasting impression on the community. One small sentence in your will, trust or insurance policy can make a difference in the lives of many, many people throughout the community. Consider stock sales, donor advised funds or charitable rollovers. 

Consultation with your lawyer or financial advisor is strongly recommended. For standard language that you can provide to your preferred advisor, view our sample bequest language.



Endowment Donations

An endowment gift to the Library Foundation provides literacy services and programming that benefit the greater St. Louis community. When you make an endowment gift, you help the Foundation with immediate and long term literacy needs and programs. Endowment donations are invested. A portion of the funds are used for annual needs with the balance being reinvested. See your financial advisor for advice.

The information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor.

For more information about estate planning, please email us at or call 314-994-3300.


Stock Gifts

You are welcome to transfer stock as a way to support the St. Louis County Library Foundation. You may use a stock gift to become a Friend, providing general support for the Library and/or a Tribute gift.

Stock Transfer Information


Corporate Sponsorships

Your corporate partnership or sponsorship not only benefits your business but also the St. Louis County Library and the community. Corporate funds provide support for programs from bestselling author events to the telescope lending program plus a myriad of programs in between. Corporate and Foundation sponsors receive invites to annual donor breakfasts and lunches, private receptions, meet and greets with bestselling authors, recognition in library publications, at events, on social media platforms and naming rights. The Library Foundation has a wide range of programs available that match your business interests and focus.

For more information on becoming a corporate sponsor of the St. Louis County Library Foundation, contact Terri Williams at 314-994-3300 ext. 2152 or



The St. Louis County Library Foundation is recognized as a tax-exempt organization by the IRS under Section 501(c) (3), EIN 43-1863977. Your gift may be tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor for guidance.