Support the BPL

The Boston Public Library is primarily funded by the City of Boston, with a smaller percentage provided through the Massachusetts state budget and library trust funds. These funding allotments pay for personnel and for our spaces, which leaves minimal funding to activate our locations.

A donation to the BPL helps us to bring our collections to life through lectures, author talks, children's literacy programs, teen tech courses, senior programming, and more. It also supports preservation and digitization of our extensive and invaluable special collections. There are many ways to donate to the BPL.

Support After School Programming at the BPL

Donate here to support a member of our Boston Marathon Team. The money will support after school programming at the Boston Public Library.

Donate Directly

Donate with Just GivingMake checks payable to The Trustees of the Boston Public Library and mail to:

Boston Public Library
President's Office
700 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116

Contact us at 617.859.2366 if you have questions.

Text to Give

Text “BPL” to 27722 to donate $5 to the Boston Public Library. When prompted, follow the link to complete your gift. Terms are available here: a new window


AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. On your first visit to AmazonSmile a new window, select Trustees of The Public Library of the City of Boston as your charitable organization and then every eligible purchase you make at a new window will result in a donation to the BPL. Learn more hereopens a new window.

IRA Charitable Rollover Gifts

The IRA charitable rollover is a great way to make a tax-free gift to the Boston Public Library using your qualified retirement plan. The IRA Charitable Transfer allows individuals age 70½ and older to make direct transfers totaling up to $100,000 per year to 501(c)(3) charities, without having to count the transfers as income for federal income tax purposes. No charitable deduction may be taken, but distributions will qualify for all or part of the IRA owners required minimum distributions.

Donate to Our Affiliates

Associates of the Boston Public Libraryopens a new window The Associates of the Boston Public Library is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving theDonate Now Boston Public Library's special collections of rare books, manuscripts, and other items of significant historic interest. The Associates is working to ensure continued public access to these irreplaceable treasures by underwriting their conservation, cataloging, digitization, and exhibition.

opens a new windowBoston Public Library Foundationopens a new window The Boston Public Library Foundation is an independent non-profit organization. Its mission is to enhance the public visibility of and to raise public and private funds for the revitalization of the Boston Public Library. 

Branch Library Friends Groups Most branches of the Boston Public Library have their own friends group. To get involved with particular branch's friends group, contact that branch library.

City-Wide Friends of the Boston Public Libraryopens a new window The Friends was founded for the purpose of promoting public awareness of the Boston Public Library systemDonate Now and its resources, furthering appreciation of the value of the Library as a cultural and educational asset, supporting and linking the activities of Branch Library Friends groups, and encouraging volunteers to assist the Library.