Support The Library

Complete Jackson’s Digital Historical Newspaper Collection

In 2016 the Jackson District Library started a project to complete its archive of the Jackson Citizen-Patriot. The newspaper, which was first published under the name the Jackson Citizen in 1849, remains one of Jackson county’s largest news providers. Though the library provides full access to Citizen-Patriot materials via microfilm, contributions from library supporters have allowed JDL to expand its digital collection to include the years 1849 through 1881 and 2000 through the present day. In the coming years, the library hopes to make ongoing updates to the Citizen-Patriot collection. For more information on how to access JDL’s microfilm collection, visit the Carnegie reference department. Contributions toward additional content may be directed to

Join the Friends of The Jackson District Library

The Friends of the Jackson District Library are a determined group of library lovers and users. We want you to help expand the Library’s support and impact – in your neighborhood and throughout Jackson County – by becoming a member now.

To join, contact your local library branch or email the Assistant Director, Public Services from the Contact Us page.

See the Friends page for more.

Library Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering at JDL please download a volunteer application or pick one up from the Administration Building, located at 290 West Michigan Avenue. Administration is one building west of the Carnegie library.

We will check our current need to see if there is a fit and need given the background and the nature of the volunteer work-request (i.e., school requirement, community service, etc.) and the time-frame needed for the work.

Amazon “Buy It Now”

Our library catalog offers the option to “Buy It Now” — an amazingly simple way to support your local library! You can purchase ANY item on Amazon and if you use the special Buy It Now link to Amazon, a percentage of your purchase will go back to the library. Just click this button and shop as you normally would.

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Or, bookmark the link in your browser and use it to shop on Amazon anytime, automatically donating a portion of your proceeds to Jackson District Library.

See how to Buy It Now directly in the catalog

  1. While browsing the catalog you will see a Buy It Now Button button.
  2. Click the button and look over the Buy It Now disclaimer before you
    Select what you want to purchase…
  3. After you find the item you want, and checkout as normal. add-to-cart-button


Amazon Smile

Amazon shoppers who start at will find the same Amazon they know and love, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the price of eligible purchases to the charity of your choice.

Did you know that JDL is an AmazonSmile recipient? If you are an Amazon shopper (does not have to be Prime) you can follow the directions below to sign up and you only have to do it once! This doesn’t affect the pricing of items, it just gives JDL a donation when the purchase is eligible and complete. Our finance department uses AmazonSmile for all JDL purchases through Amazon.

Please consider signing up as you begin your holiday shopping!

Here’s how to shop AmazonSmile:

  1. Visit
  2. Sign in with your credentials
  3. Choose Jackson District Library to receive donations
  4. Start shopping!
  5. Add a bookmark for to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile

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