Individual Giving

The Kansas City Public Library is a public forum, repository of heritage, center of imagination, aspiration, partnership, leadership, self and civic development.

Mission: The Kansas City Public Library is a doorway to knowledge for all people in our community

There are many ways for you to make a difference!

Make a tax-deductible donation to support the Library

Use our secure online giving form or mail a check payable to Kansas City Public Library Foundation.

Monthly Giving

If you would like to discuss giving options please contact the Development Office at 816-701-3518. The Library welcomes gifts of any amount.


Our monthly donation program offers a convenient and affordable way to support the Library in a more substantial way over the course of a year. Make a monthly gift and provide the reliable support that is so vital to the Library’s success. You may choose to make regular installment donations by check or by credit or debit card.

Here is how it works:

  • You choose to contribute $5 per month or more.
  • We will charge your pledge to your credit card each month.
  • We will send you an annual giving statement for tax purposes.

To set up or to cancel your monthly gift, please contact the Development Office at 816-701-3518.

Tributes and memorials

Would you like to honor a loved one? Consider a tribute or memorial; amounts are kept confidential.

Endowment and planned giving

Gifts to endow the Library demonstrate a fundamental dedication to the long-term intellectual and cultural vigor of the Kansas City community. You can help build the Library endowment through outright gifts of cash, stock, real estate or other assets, for example. You may also choose to include the Kansas City Public Library Foundation in your will or other estate planning. Only a portion of the fund's earnings may be spent each year in order to insure continual growth of the endowment over time.

Greenwood Society

Annual donors of $1000 or more are recognized through the Greenwood Society. Members are invited to meet many of the Library’s featured speakers in intimate, small group settings.

MVR Club

MVR Club

Your membership in the MVR Club supports strategic acquisitions that deepen the historical collections held in the Missouri Valley Room. Membership is $200 per person or $250 per household. Members receive insider updates, invitation to an annual reception to view new acquisitions, and a members-only Conversation and Connoisseurship event with a recognized scholar. Charge your membership using our online donation form and choose program designation "Mo. Valley history collections". Or mail a check payable to "Kansas City Public Library" to:

MVR Club, Development Office
Kansas City Public Library
14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105.

Donations of materials


Please visit the Friends of the Library to learn how to donate books.

The Library welcomes donations of materials and historical documents. Condition, processing requirements and space availability all contribute to decisions about the disposition of these donations.

Donations of substantial worth, such as rare books or special editions, significant personal library collections, art objects or equipment should be arranged through the Director of the Library or through the Development office.

In some cases such donations may require consideration by the Board of Trustees before acceptance by the Library.

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