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Donate to the Iowa City Public Library

If you have a question, please contact the Library's Development Office at or 319.356.5249. Checks may be written and mailed to:

ICPL Friends Foundation
Attn: Patty McCarthy, Dir. of Development
123 South Linn Street
Iowa City, IA 52240-1820

As a dynamic center for education in our community, the Iowa City Public Library is committed to sustaining innovation and excellence. Charitable contributions from individuals, families, businesses and community organizations are necessary to ensure Library collections, services and programs remain dynamic...reflecting and responding to our community's expectations.

In 1982, the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation was formed to accept gifts on behalf of the Library. Donations to the non-profit, IRS designated 501(c)3 organization are tax-deductible. Gifts to the ICPL Friends Foundation supplement funding from the City of Iowa City, Johnson County, and state and federal governments.

The Friends Foundation

Through the Development Office of the Iowa City Public Library, the ICPL Friends Foundation fundraises through donations, mailings, special events, and The Book End. Private contributions expand and replace materials in the varied Library collections (books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes, audiotapes), enhance technological services, build community educational programs, and encourage literary and educational discovery and sharing of knowledge for all.

Donation Tree

You can show your appreciation of Library efforts by making tribute gifts in honor or memory of someone special, contributing to the Annual Fund to purchase collection materials, and donating items and shopping at The Book End used bookstore!

Long-range estate and financial planning can provide significant gifts to the Library, while benefiting your tax position. The Iowa City Public Library may be designated as beneficiary of an entire estate, a specific bequest, a living trust or a charitable remainder trust. Other planned giving options include gifts of stocks, securities, or properties.

Selfcheck Grant

You may be able to increase your gift by participating in your employer's matching gift program. Consult with your Human Resources department to find out if this is an option for you and send us the required paperwork with your contribution. Make regular contributions through automatic deductions from your bank or credit union accounts.

Donate your time as an ICPL volunteer! Volunteer at The Book End, ICPL's used bookstore or help with special fundraising events. Or serve on the Board of Directors of the ICPL Friends Foundation.