Support Us


Each year, The Friends provides vital support to the Saint Paul Public Library. Gifts and contributions from individuals, businesses and foundations – at all levels – are critical to providing additional resources for both on-going and special projects at the Saint Paul Public Library. Read more about the impact of your donations on our Impact Pages.

charity-navigator-4star-thumbnailApril, 2014 – Based on the most recent financial information, Charity Navigator has calculated a 4-Star rating for The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library for the third consecutive year. Fewer than 12 percent of charities receive this “exceptional” designation from Charity Navigator for three consecutive years, a classification that differentiates The Friends from its peers, and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.  Read more>>


The need for a strong library is greater than ever. Attendance and use has jumped as demand for the services and resources offered by the library increases. The Friends’ mission is to expand the Saint Paul Public Library’s capacity to serve, but we can’t do it without your continued support.

Support Summer Reading

Since 1960, The Friends—along with other sponsors—have had the privilege of funding summer reading programs (SRP). These programs are shown to be an antidote for learning loss. Instead of losing knowledge and skills during the summer months, kids who participate in library reading programs actually show gains.

Memorials & Tributes

Celebrate a wedding, a birthday, a graduation or a special friendship. Honor the memory of a departed friend or relative.Through The Friends' memorials and tributes program, you can remember a loved one or honor a friend with a gift to the Saint Paul Public Library Book Endowment Fund.

Support the Book Awards

The Minnesota Book Awards is a year-round process involving nominations, judging, and the selection of finalists and winners. More importantly, the Awards is a statewide outreach program connecting readers to the work of Minnesota authors. Last year, more than 100 individuals volunteered their time and talents to support the Book Awards.

Planned Giving

Including The Friends in your estate plan can be a simple as making a provision in your will or trust. You can do this by designating a specific amount or a specific percentage of your estate as a gift to The Friends. You can also name The Friends as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or make use of a number of life income arrangements.

Donor Society

The Donor Society recognizes The Friends' most generous individual supporters. Society members make substantial annual gifts to The Friends, such as a contribution of $500 or more. Additionally, individuals or families who have made provisions for The Friends in their estate plan automatically become members of our Donor Society.

Individual Donor Privacy Policy

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library values each of our individual donors and takes their privacy very seriously. The following is a brief description of The Friends’ policy regarding the collection and retention of private financial data received from donors.