Has the Houston Public Library made a difference in your life?  Your donation has the power to continue those essential programs in the Houston community.

The Houston Public Library Foundation provides critical financial support for the Houston Public Library. Philanthropy funds 100% of the programs, resources, and services available to millions of adults, children, and youth from diverse racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds. The City of Houston budget does not provide programmatic funding.  That’s why your support is vital.

As an individual, you can donate a one-time gift or donate a monthly or quarterly amount online. Whatever fits your budget will be greatly appreciated and put to good use. Your credit card information is safe-guarded through a secure online processing system. If you prefer, you can mail or deliver a check to:

The Houston Public Library Foundation
500 McKinney Street
Houston, TX 77002


Honor or memorialize a loved one by sending a gift in their name to the Houston Public Library Foundation. You will receive a charitable receipt, and the honoree will receive a note sharing that you made a gift in their honor. For a memorial donation, the loved one’s family will receive a note of your thoughtfulness.


Many local employers will match their employee’s charitable donation or make a donation based upon volunteer involvement hours. Those companies normally provide a form on their intranet site or have the information available in the HR office.


Houston Public Library Foundation requests funding for specific purposes:

  • Youth Services
  • Job Readiness
  • Digital Inclusion
  • Preserving the Past through Special Collections
  • Library Plaza Reconstruction Campaign

If your corporation or family foundation supports these service areas, please contact the Houston Public Library Foundation!


Shopping programs are incredibly easy and make a difference. You pay the same great price, and the retailer sends a percentage of their profit to support library programs! Select Houston Public Library Foundation or Friends of Houston Public Library as your preferred charity.  We are actually the same organization.  Supported sites include: (Sign up to donate a portion of every Amazon purchase!) (You can select from hundreds on online retailers) (Select organization #81104)

If you need web-hosting services, sign-up with DreamHost. For every new client through our webpages, the Houston Public Library Foundation receives cashback. (Sign up to support Houston Public Library Foundation)


Friends of the Houston Public Library accept new and used books and other materials for their public book sales.  For more information, visit Friends’ website at If you want to donate in-kind services or other items, please contact Houston Public Library Foundation.


Houston Public Library Foundation protects your personal information and doesn’t share with other nonprofits or outside groups. The Foundation is a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and your donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent provided by law.