Support The Library

Donations to the Library


The Jackson District Library is a nonprofit entity that accepts donations from community members, patrons, businesses and foundations. These donations could provide funding for children, teen or adult programs, genealogy or local history, books, audio books, an author visit, branch improvement, or many of our literacy programs. Below are the ways that one can make a direct donation:

By Mail:

Jackson District Library

Attn: Director’s Office

244 W. Michigan Avenue

Jackson, MI 49201



Click on the PayPal button below to make a donation using your PayPal account.  

Types of Donations

In Honor of, or in Memory of someone special

Many donations come to the library in honor or in memory of someone special. Any size gift is welcome and can be used for any of the things listed above. If a specific title is requested for our collection a nameplate can be added to the item. Also, a letter can be sent to a family member letting them know of the donation. Please contact us by email at or by phone at 517-905-1308, to receive information on how this is handled.

Naming the Jackson District Library in a Will or Trust

Please contact the Director’s office for more information by email at or by phone at 517-905-1308.

Jackson’s Historical Newspaper Digital Collection

The Jackson District Library started a project in 2016 to complete its digital 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 to present day. In the coming years, the library hopes to make ongoing updates to the Citizen Patriot collection.

Amazon “Buy It Now”

Our library catalog offers the option to “Buy It Now”, a simple way to support your local library! When you see the “Buy It Now” button on any item in our catalog, you can purchase that item through Amazon. By clicking the “Buy It Now” button, you will be redirected to and can purchase the item there. When you do this you are automatically donating a portion of your proceeds to Jackson District Library.

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, including Jackson District Library.

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 Amazon Smile for all JDL purchases through Amazon.

Here’s how to shop Amazon Smile:

  • Visit
  • Sign in with your credentials
  • Choose Jackson District Library to receive donations
  • Start shopping!
  • Add a bookmark for to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at Amazon Smile
  • You can activate Amazon Smile through the Amazon App on your phone as well!

Volunteer Opportunities:

Another way to give to the library is to volunteer your time! If this is of interest to you, 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 to see if there is a fit and need given the background and the nature of the volunteer work requested, and someone will be in contact with you.

Friends of the Jackson District Library

The Friends are a group of volunteers who have supported the JDL since 1967 when the library was then the Jackson City Library.  All 13 branches of the JDL have a Friends group, and they are always looking for new members! You can become a member of any of the Friends groups by contacting your local branch or emailing to be connected to the correct group.

The purpose of the Friend of the Jackson District Library is:

  • To maintain an association of persons interested in libraries;
  • To focus public attention on the library;
  • To stimulate the use of the library’s resources and services;
  • To receive and encourage gifts, endowments and bequests to the library,
  • To support and cooperate with the library in developing and maintaining library services and facilities;
  • To lend legislative support where needed; and,
  • To support the freedom to read, as expressed in the American Library Association Bill of Rights.

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