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Monetary Donations

All donations to the Friends of the Library are 100% tax-deductible and support the Kansas City Public Library, so don't hesitate to soar above and beyond to support the Library you love! 


Consider that:

$100 connects one family to the internet at home for an entire school year, making possible the completion of online homework assignments, access to live tutoring, and exploration of college and job opportunities 

$250 teaches 65 brand new parents about the importance of reading to their newborns and gives each baby their first book 

$500 starts home libraries for 116 children living in poverty (extra important because being surrounded by books at home is the single most important predictor of student performance) 

$1,000 grants a full scholarship to one adult earning their high school diploma and career certificate from the Library’s Career Online High School, giving them a second chance to build a better life for their family.
(In case all this impact isn’t enough for you, a one-time gift of $1,000 to the Friends today makes you a member of the Friends for life!)

Book Donations

During its 30-year history, the Friends of the Library have been pleased to manage the Library's book donations program.

Please contact the Friends of the Library by email or call 816-701-3468 to arrange a donation or with any questions.

Donations: Book donors should box their books and take them directly to their local branches. If there are more than 1 or 2 boxes, Friends volunteers can meet the donor at a branch or at our warehouse to accept the boxes. The Friends work with the Library to put books for sale on the branch kiosks and at various sales during the year. Even if you have trucks filled with boxes of books, the Friends will work with you to accept your donation!

We accept:

  • Paperback and hardback books: textbooks, fiction, nonfiction, collectible books
  • Newer encyclopedias and reference books (not older than 4 years)
  • DVDs & CDs

We do not accept:

  • Soiled, broken, torn, or smelly books
  • Encyclopedias or reference books older than 4 years
  • Cassette tapes or videotapes
  • National Geographic magazines

Local thrift shops often accept National Geographic magazines and videotapes.

Friends volunteers sort books and other donated items and find new homes for them, mostly through book sales: branch kiosks, summer sales at the City Market, and selling online. Some books may be donated locally to special groups.


Books are the heart and soul of the Friends of the Library, and we love finding new homes for them!

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