Donate to TADL

Our libraries are beautiful, dynamic spaces that grant equal access to everyone. In fact, they’re the perfect place to share your passion with others!

While our public funding supports day-to-day operations, additional funding helps us flourish and grow. Today there are more great ways than ever to support TADL.


Shop our online store and show off your bookish style! From our popular oversize tote bags  to summer reading club shirts past and present, we’ve got something for everyone. All proceeds cycle directly back into supporting library programs and services. Most items are also available for purchase at the Main Library circulation desk.

Direct Donations & Estate Giving

Monetary donations are always welcome and appreciated! Funds may be given directly to the Traverse Area District Library. Your donation will enrich, not replace, traditional tax-based funding and allow us to expand programming and services.  Library donations are truly the definition of the gift that keeps on giving!

If you have questions about tax applicability to donations please consult your attorney or tax professional. Federal income tax deductions are available to taxpayers making charitable donations to public libraries and friends groups. State income tax credits are available to taxpayers making charitable contributions to public libraries. A tax deduction enables the taxpayer to claim a percentage of the donation made from their adjusted gross income. A tax credit is an amount of money that may be subtracted from the computed tax itself.

Significantly, public libraries automatically possess deductibility status under another provision of the Code Title 26, Subtitle A, Ch. 1, Subchapter B, Pt VI, section 170(c)(1) and 170(b)(1)(A)(v) of the Code. The issue of whether or not a public library possesses 501(c)(3) status or governmental entity status under section 170(c)(1) of the Code is moot because the federal tax benefits are identical. Regarding federal tax deductions, section 170 (c)(1) of the Code provides that a taxpayer, both an individual and a corporation, may claim an income tax deduction for charitable donations made to “[a] State, a possession of the United States, or any political subdivision of any of the foregoing, or the United States or the District of Columbia, but only if the contribution or gift is made for exclusively public purposes.”

Donate now online with Paypal

If you would like to donate by check, please mail it to the Main Library (610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City MI 49686 Attn: Michele P. Howard, Director).

Honor the memory of a loved one, celebrate a special occasion or milestone, pay tribute to family or friends, or support a special hobby or passion with a donation. Gifts of $500 or more will be placed on the donor wall in the lobby of the Main Library (Traverse City) for permanent public recognition. Gifts of $10,000 or more will be acknowledged specifically on the donor wall and, if appropriate, in the location where monies have been utilized. If you’re interested in planned giving, please discuss details with your financial advisor.

Special Projects

If you’re interested in donating to our bookmobile project click here for details! The photo above, from our local history collection, is of a Traverse-area bookmobile ca. 1964.

Donating Time as a Volunteer

So you would like to donate your time to the library? That’s great! Please visit our volunteer page to find out more.

Donations of Materials (Books & Music)

Sept. 27 – Our book donation storage area is maxxed out (even after the book sale)! Please hold your book donations for now, and we’ll let you know when we have room to accept them again.

When considering books to donate a good rule of thumb is to ask yourself, “Would I buy it?”.

We do NOT accept the following:

  • Items that are soiled, moldy, smell bad or are otherwise damaged
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
  • Medical, health or diet books more than 3 years old
  • Textbooks
  • Reader’s Digest condensed books
  • Audio cassettes
  • Video cassettes

If you are dropping off more than a small box of books for donation please call ahead (231-932-8500) so we can make arrangements. The Library reserves the right to add your donated items to its collection or to sell them, give them away, or to discard/recycle them. The Library cannot accept donations on the condition that if they are not added to our collection, they will be returned to the donor. The Library cannot provide a formal appraisal of the items or assign a monetary value to gifts for tax purposes. An appraisal by a third party does not imply endorsement by the Library.

Thank you for your support of the Traverse Area District Library!