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Established in 1942, the Detroit Public Library Friends Foundation is a 501c3 organization. Enrichment programs -- library activities offered beyond traditional library services -- are at the core of our mission in making the library a vital community space for the city in which people live, work, play and study. Contributions to The Detroit Public Library Friends Foundation are deductible for income tax purposes and qualify for Michigan State Income Tax Credit (MICS 5886).

Your gift to The Friends Foundation may be allocated to a specific branch, literary program, children’s program, or special collection. The Friends also accepts donations in purchasing a book to honor or memorialize an individual or celebrate a life event. For further information on designating your gift, please contact The Friends office at (313) 481-1357.

Thank you for your contribution to the Detroit Public Library Friends Foundation. A gift acknowledgment and receipt will be sent to you shortly.

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