Pledge a Montly Donation

The Free Library Fund supports the critical work of Philadelphia's public library system, sustaining the Free Library's mission to advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity throughout the city. While the City of Philadelphia provides for the Library's facilities and infrastructure, critical programs are only made possible by private gifts from people like you.

Gifts to the Free Library Fund are allocated to the areas of most urgent need each year and touch every one of the Library's 54 locations across Philadelphia. In this way, the Free Library Fund ensures that Philadelphians of all ages, stages, and abilities have access to life-changing programming and resources in their communities. From supporting the largest free drop-in afterschool program in the city—which has approximately 80,000 visits from children annually—and workshops for jobseekers to innovative and enriching programs like author conversations and culinary literacy courses, the Free Library Fund touches the lives of millions of Philadelphians every year.

For more information, please contact us at giving@freelibrary.org or 215-567-7710.

Annual Giving

In appreciation of their generosity, Free Library supporters receive the following privileges:

Enthusiast: $50 to $99 | Support

  • Subscription to the Free Library of Philadelphia's monthly e-newsletter, Footnotes
  • Subscription to Off the Shelf, the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation's semi-annual magazine


Advocate: $100 to $249 | Support
All of the above privileges, plus:

  • A Free Library of Philadelphia bookmark featuring an image from one of the Library's special collections

Are you a young professional? Join the Raven Society with a gift of $100 or more.


Archivist: $250 to $499 | Support
All of the above privileges, plus:

  • 10% Free Library Store discount


Literati: $500 to $999 | Support
All of the above privileges, plus:

  • Advance notice of special events and new exhibitions


Scholar: $1,000 to $1,499 | Support
All of the above privileges, plus:

  • Invitation to annual State of the Library event
  • Private tour of any Free Library location or department upon request

Leadership Annual Giving | $1,500+ Annually

The George S. Pepper Society recognizes those who give $1,500 or more annually to the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation. In appreciation of their generosity, Peppers receive exclusive privileges and access to Library events and programs. Learn more and make your gift today.

The Impact of Your Gift

As an immigrant from West Africa, high schooler Nina was driven to receive a good education and make a good life in the United States. She traveled nearly an hour each week to participate in the Free Library’s College Prep Program, where she received hands-on help with studying for the SATs and perparing a scholarship essay. Nina’s hard work paid off: She was accepted into college for a pre-med program!

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