Make a Tribute Donation

Honor Someone & Support the Library

Tribute gifts are a unique way to honor someone special help our library provide more books, programs, and life-changing support to everyone in our community. 

Tribute Ideas

  • Honor a special holiday or birthday. 
  • Remember a loved one.
  • Celebrate a birth.
  • Commemorate a marriage or anniversary.
  • Thank a teacher.

Personalized Bookplates

For each tribute donation of $50, we will inscribe a new book with your honoree's name and a special message. Donations can be made by an individual, a group, or a company.

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Tribute Book Plate

Make a Tribute Gift

For every $50 donated, our librarians place a bookplate inside the front cover of a hardcover book inscribed with the donor’s name and the person or event honored/remembered.

Make an Endowed Tribute Gift

Gifts of $500 or more will be added to our book endowment and support our library for years to come. For every $500 donated, a bookplate inscribed with your message will be placed in 12 new library books in the year your gift is received.

Tribute Bookplates

Your custom bookplate will be placed in a new library book... which your donation helps purchase! Bookplates are inscribed with the person honored space for a short custom message such as "In honor of Grandma Grace on her 80th birthday".

Common Questions about Tribute Donations

For both Tribute options, we will send a letter and a sample bookplate to the honoree acknowledging your contribution. When making your tribute gift, please be sure to include the name and address of the recipient so we may notify them accordingly. Donors will also receive an official acknowledgment for tax purposes.

Because of the size and complexity of the library’s collection, we are unable to direct bookplates into specific books. Typically, bookplates are placed in popular fiction titles.

Yes, all tribute donations are charitable donations and tax-deductible as allowed by law. Friends of the Hennepin County Library is a 501c3 organization.

Wonderful! While we are unable to offer bookplates for donations less than $50, we gratefully accept tribute gifts of all sizes and will send an acknowledgement letter to your designated honoree or honoree’s family.