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Donations to the Library

The Jackson District Library is a nonprofit entity that accepts donations from community members, patrons, businesses and foundations.

Why Donations are Important

Jackson District Library actively develops and uses supplemental funding sources to help finance enhanced collections, new technologies, expanded or renovated facilities, enriched library programming and innovative demonstration projects.

These supplemental funding sources include: individual or corporate gifts given directly to the library; foundations or endowments; funds raised by Friends of the Library; and grant awards from state and federal governments or private foundations.

Although supplemental funding may play a key role in supporting library services it cannot replace public funds which support basic public library service.

Jackson District Library welcomes gifts of money, securities, library materials, equipment, furnishings, services, and other items that assist in the provision of library service to the community in accordance with the library’s mission, values, goals, and policies.

Donors may designate their gift to any valid need of the library. These donations will be used for the purposes identified. Gifts made for other purposes need to be approved in advance by the Director in consultation with the Library Board.

Jackson District Library reserves the right to refuse any gifts within its discretion that may not be in keeping with its mission, values, goals, and policies.

We value and respect our donors. The purpose of our recognition program is to thank donors, to encourage others to give, and to build healthy long-term relationships between the library and its donors. Every effort will be made to ensure that recognition is timely, meaningful to the donor, appropriate and equitable. Recognition of donors will be bestowed in accordance with established guidelines.

All records pertaining to established and potential donors will be kept confidential to the extent allowed by law.

Donors who wish to remain anonymous will be listed as “Anonymous” on recognition plaques and in library publications.

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. 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 giftsandmemorials@myjdl.com 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
Through the advice of an estate planning attorney, JDL can be named in a will, trust or bequest.

Jackson’s Historical Newspaper Digital Collection
The Jackson District Library has a digital collection to include the years 1849 to present day 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. Donations are always welcome to help continue the work on this collection to keep it up to date annually.

Access the Jackson Citizen Patriot

How to make a donation

In Person
You can make a donation at any of our 13 branches, the Bookmobile, or our Administration Office.

By Mail
Jackson District Library
Attn: Director’s Office
244 W. Michigan Avenue
Jackson, MI 49201

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