Ways to Give
The Boston Public Library’s motto engraved over the front door “Free to All” is made possible by the support from the city of Boston and generous donors. The library serves the people of Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and beyond. This repository of knowledge was founded to advance learning for all.
Your generosity will insure we can preserve the cultural heritage of Boston and historical artifacts significant to the founding of our nation, provide excellent programs and maintain an outstanding library collection.
You can make a gift to the Boston Public Library Foundation a private not profit founded to support the mission of the Boston Public Library. Your gifts will be used to support the community outreach of the library, the preservation of the facilities and the collections, programs and strategic initiatives of the library and its branches located in neighborhoods throughout the city. Click the “Donate Now” button to make a gift online now.
To donate by mail, please mail your check made payable to “Boston Public Library Foundation” to 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
If you wish to make a gift in honor or in memory of a friend or loved one or to direct your gift to a service, program, or branch, please click the “Donate Now” button. You will have the option to direct your gift after you enter the gift amount.
You may make a gift in the future to the Boston Public Library by including the foundation in your estate plans. You can consider adding the Boston Public Library Foundation in your Last Will and Testament (see language below) or you can make a contribution now that will provide you an income for life. For further information write email@example.com or call 617-247-8980.
Language for your Last Will and Testament
For a specific amount: “I give and bequeath to the Boston Public Library Foundation, located Boston, Massachusetts a not-for-profit corporation, the sum of $_________ and request same be used by the Boston Public Library.”
For a specific percentage: “I give and bequeath to the Boston Public Library Foundation, (The fiduciary agent for the Boston Public Library) located Boston, Massachusetts a not-for-profit corporation, _________ percent of my estate and request same be used by the Boston Public Library.”
For any questions about supporting the library through your will email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-247-8980.