Support the Library


There are many ways to donate to the Boston Public Library. Your donation helps keep our programs and services “Free to All.”

Donate Directly to The Boston Public Library

You may also make checks payable to “The Trustees of the Boston Public Library” and send them to:

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

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:


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, select Trustees of The Public Library of the City of Boston as your charitable organization and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation to the BPL. Learn more here.

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

iconAssociates of the Boston Public Library The Associates of the Boston Public Library is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving the 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.

Boston Public Library Foundation The mission of the Boston Public Library Foundation is to enhance the public visibility of and to raise public and private funds for the revitalization of the Boston Public Library. The BPLF is currently in a reorganization phase and all funds raised during this period will be transferred directly to the Library for ongoing program support.

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.

iconCity-Wide Friends of the Boston Public Library The Friends was founded for the purpose of promoting public awareness of the Boston Public Library system 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.