Giving has always been an integral part of the library’s history. Its very creation was made possible by a gift from Gov. Francis M. Drake in 1901. In order to maintain the quality of the services the library currently provides, additional funds are needed.
Throughout the years the operating expenses of the library have been generously cared for via public funds. However, more recently, public funds no longer even cover day-to-day expenses. So the library needs our donations just to remain open.
The Library Board established the Drake Public Library Foundation in January 2015. This 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt, charitable organization has the support of our library as its sole purpose. Its board is made up of local volunteers and all donations are tax-deductible. The foundation is set up to receive any bequests and other planned gifts. The most rewarding part of making a planned gift is the knowledge that generations of children and adults will be transformed by the library thanks to the resources you have accumulated during your lifetime.