Friends & Foundation

Libraries transform their communities and we need your support.

Access to information, resources, and technology is both essential and critical. Without it, the world is harder to navigate, people and help can feel out of reach, and keeping up with advances in technology can make all the difference in finding employment and staying connected.

We provide access and opportunites for Lawrence to learn, connect, create, and grow and you can help sustain our efforts at any level. From donating books, making a financial contribution, or including the library in your estate plan — your gift will make a life-changing impact.

News & Events

LPLFF Events


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Join us for Retirement Boot Camp

Retirement Boot Camp is the library's wildly popular series designed to help people age 55+ transition to retirement. You'll meet new friends, learn new skills, and have a lot of fun along the way.

Our incredible, free programming is funded by a generous grant from Capitol Federal Savings Bank.

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The Best School Supply?

Believe it or not, over 10,000 Lawrence kids don't have a library card or access to library resources.

A gift of $10 each month supports neighborhood outreach that connects students to books, technology, homework help, and more.

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Donor Spotlight

A huge thank you to Ken and Annette Wertzberger for supporting Lawrence Public Library!

"In high school, lacking the internet, we went to the library to hunt down references for a paper.

As good as those memories are, that library pales in comparison to the state-of-the-art facility now.

To help those opportunities continue for others, we have made a bequest to the library in our will."

Get Involved

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Book Sale Need-to-Know

Every donation or purchase you make supports the library.

Donate with a drop-off (excluding major holidays)
MON 9 AM-12 PM
TUE 9 AM-12 PM
WED 9 AM-12 PM
THU 9 AM-12 PM
FRI 9 AM-12 PM
Donate by appointment
Schedule select Saturdays and afternoons on our sign-up site here.

Volunteer at the Library

Volunteering is a great way to give back to the library and meet fellow book lovers. Each hour you volunteer equals about $23.80 of work — that helps a whole lot!

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Ways You Can Give

Help support and sustain our efforts at any level, from dropping coins in our Fish Fund, to making a financial gift and including the library in your estate plan.

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What We Fund

Because of you, we were able to give a $142,000 block grant to the library in 2020. Your support supplements and strengthens the public's investment in our cause.

We also made possible:

  • Kids Action Club
  • Retirement Bootcamp
  • Sing & Rhyme Storytime
  • Harry Potter Book Night
  • Children’s aquariums
  • LPL Outreach
  • All-ages Read Across Lawrence program
  • Louise Erdrich & Angelou Ezeilo visits
  • All-ages Summer Reading program
  • See Lawrence: Parks & Green Spaces Posters
  • Kanopy movie streaming service
  • eBooks & eAudiobooks streaming support
  • Kansas Reads to Preschoolers
  • Dr. Bob Books
  • Read Across Lawrence
  • New Outdoor Programming Fund
  • Hall Center Local History Intern
  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten
  • “Get Counted” Census project
  • Staff bonuses & incentives
  • Public technology upgrades
  • The Reader quarterly magazine
  • Book Club in A Bag Kindle sets
  • LPL Seed Library

Learn more about how you can support your library.

The Lawrence Public Library Friends & Foundation (LPLFF for short) does a lot and we have a lot of fun doing it. For a deeper dive into what we do, check out our lovely, opens a new window 2020 Annual Report.

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Kathleen Morgan
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Director of Development &
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Angela Hyde
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LPLFF Program

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Logan Isaman
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Fundraising & Library Volunteer Specialist

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