How to support & donate to the library
Just as the community derives so much from the Library, the Library thrives because of the support of the community!
Throughout the years, donations both large and small have helped to transform the West Lafayette Public Library from a tiny subscription-only library housed in a firehouse to a beautiful two story structure with more than 150,000 books, 9,000 videos, and 8,000 audio tapes and cds.
Today, the Library offers its free services not only to the residents of West Lafayette but, through reciprocal borrowing agreements all residents of Tippecanoe County and many other areas of Indiana as well as the cardholders of the Evergreen Indiana Consortium. Our patrons enjoy the use not only of printed, audio and visual material, computer access, reference and informational services but of over 400 yearly programs for children, teens, and adults. In the future, the Library will continue to expand its collections and extend its services, due in large part to contributions from the public.
When you donate to the West Lafayette Public Library, you have the opportunity to play an active role in helping to further build and maintain the Library in the years to come. Each gift that we receive assists in some way because:
- It’s green–when you read/listen/view a book/CD/DVD and then donate it to the Library, we recycle it. The item either becomes a new addition to our shelves or is resold through our Friends of the Library group, which brings in funds to help purchase the latest books, music, and films for you to check out!
- It’s a lasting memory – your contribution to the Library’s funds will help us purchase more materials that patrons will continue to enjoy in the future.
- It’s generous – public tax dollars can accomplish only so much. To keep our Library thriving we need the aid of donors to build on and create collections and programs beyond that which tax dollars can afford.
Ways To Support the Library
Monetary Donations and the Library Foundation
Help the Library continue to fulfill its mission. Call 765-743-2261 or come to the Library in person and speak to a librarian about making a monetary donation. The West Lafayette Public Library Foundation is glad to accept donations; interest earned on the Foundation’s investments support the Library annually. Learn more about the Library Foundation.
Donations of Items
The Library gladly accepts the donation of books, movies, music, magazines, etc. Donations can be dropped off at any time during business hours. Please ask for assistance at the front desk when you arrive.
Donations of Time
Volunteering can be a rewarding way to support the Library. Volunteers help in the Friends’ Shop and book fairs as well as help the librarians fulfill the Library’s mission in many ways. Learn more about volunteer opportunities at the Library.
A memorial donation is a wonderful and enduring way to pay tribute to a friend or loved one. Please download the memorial form in order to make a commemorative gift to the library.
The Friends’ Book Shop
The Friends’ Shop, operated by the Friends of the West Lafayette Public Library, offers more than 2,000 gently used books to the public for purchase. The shop is conveniently located in the Library’s northwest corner.
Visit our biannual book fairs to find fabulous deals on a huge selection of books for all ages. Learn more about Friends’ Book Fairs.
Commemorative Paving Stones
Having a brick paver permanently installed in the Library’s amphitheater area is a great, tax deductible way to remember a loved one, commemorate a special event, or honor someone important in your life. To find out more about purchasing a paver, please download the paver form.