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The Friends of the Independence Public Library

Join the fun!  The library needs its FRIENDS.  The Friends of IPL is a lively group that helps the library through volunteering at events and fundraising.  It is also a social organization that has its own fun activities like Pot Luck in the Park, Friends Appreciation Night, finger-food socials, guest speakers and other engaging events. Everyone is always welcome!

Memorials and Monetary Donations

In a world of tightening budgets and growing need, the Independence Public Library is increasingly important to our community. Traditional library funding is not sufficient to meet our mission.

It is an honor when members of the community think of us to memorialize their loved ones. The Independence Public Library greatly appreciates monetary donations of any size. The library has a donor recognition wall with Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze levels for larger donations. The library has the loved ones name engraved on the nameplates and permanently installed on the wall. Another option, for a monetary donation, is for the library to purchase books which a loved one would have enjoyed and attach a nameplate in honor of the loved one.

If you would like to make a monetary donation to the library, please make checks payable to “The Friends of the Independence Public Library” and either mail them or bring them to the Front Desk. The address is at the bottom of the page. You may also donate to the Friends by clicking on the DONATE NOW button. We would love to work with you to find the best way to honor the memory of your family or friend.

Prizes or Supplies for Events

Corporations, small business owners or individual patrons often answer our call for event prizes, supplies or use of their special talents. If you would like to be on our email list, contact  We would love to expand our family of people we can depend upon for help.

Gently Used Books, Games or Puzzles

Our Book Store brings in thousands of dollars each year to the library and we could not do it without your donations!  Please bring your books to the front desk or arrange with the front desk staff for large amounts of books to be brought in through the staff entrance. Also, our patrons love to play board games and put puzzles together.  Just bring complete items to the front desk.

Do us favor and check all donated items for mold, water-damage or missing pieces.  Mold is a serious health risk to our staff and no one likes to get to the end of the puzzle and have a piece missing!

The Independence Public Library recognizes that today everyone has numerous commitments to fulfill.  That is why we have easy ways to volunteer.  Just join our volunteer list and we will send an email or text blast asking for people to help with our events, share their expertise, or provide supplies and refreshments.  If you would like to become a regular volunteer working in the bookstore or doing genealogy research, we would love that too!  Just click on the VOLUNTEER NOW button to be added to our volunteer database.


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