The Foundation works with the Library to identify funding needs. The Foundation is incorporated and registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization. Funds, securities, or real property given to the Foundation may be tax deductible.

Vision Statement

To enable the Library to continually improve its service to the community, the Foundation seeks to establish an enduring legacy for the betterment of the Library and Clarinda.

Mission & Goals

The Clarinda (Lied) Public Library Foundation recognizes that the Library is a valuable and unique asset to the entire Clarinda community. Established in 1984, the Foundation is committed to dedicating all its efforts for a healthy and vibrant library for the benefit of all. The Foundation seeks to complement and enhance traditional library funding resources.

Foundation Priorities

  • Provide additional financial support for the library
  • Increase and enhance community awareness of both the Library and Foundation
  • Continue to offer scholarships

Foundation FAQs

What is the Lied Public Library Foundation?

The Clarinda (Lied) Public Library Foundation is a private, non-profit organization ,501(c)3, created for creative and educational purposes. These include receiving gifts, contributions, and bequest to be used for the betterment of the Lied Public Library and the Clarinda community.

Who makes up the Foundation?

A volunteer Board of Directors is responsible for the organizations and conduct fund-raising efforts. They are also responsible for the management and disbursement of all funds they hold.

What can I do to help the Foundation and the Library?

Please consider the Lied Public Library foundation when planning tax-deductible donations and during estate planning.

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Donate to the Foundation

Welcome to our donation section! As a collaborative force alongside the Library, The Foundation diligently identifies and addresses funding requirements essential for enhancing our community’s cultural and educational resources. Incorporated and recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, your contributions to the Foundation hold the potential to make a lasting impact. Whether in the form of funds, securities, or real property, your generous donations may qualify for tax deductions, offering a rewarding opportunity to support our shared vision for a thriving community.


How To Make A Donation

To make a donation to the Lied Public Library, specify the purpose of the funds and ensure the check is made out to “Lied Public Library”. Then, you can either bring the check directly to the library or mail it to their address at 100 E Garfield St., Clarinda, Iowa 51632.

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Ways To Donate

Book Donations

The Friends of the Library welcomes donated books, audio books, and movies (DVDs); if you have a few items (2-3 bags) we can take them anytime, however for large number of items please contact the library first. Your donation may be added to the Library collection or sold at the Friends of the Lied Public Library book sales to help enhance our services and programs. (Books must be in “good” useable condition, no textbooks, magazines, or Reader’s Digest)

Contact the Library with questions about donating books to the library.

General Donations

Monetary donations help the Library expand and maintain its collections, services and programs.

Donors can suggest a particular area or format for purchase, or give an unspecified donation to be used as the Library best sees fit. Donations of all sizes are welcome, however the average cost of a book is $20. If requested a donor plate can be placed on those items donated.

Gifts & Memorials

Remember or celebrate loved ones by making a donation to the Library in their name. Talk to a Librarian to see how!

Memorials are also accepted to honor a loved one, relative, or friend.


How To Become A Volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering at the Lied Public Library contact the library at (712) 542-2416 or print the application below and return to the library.

Volunteer FAQs

What do Volunteers do at the library?

You can take a look at some of the opportunities here. 

Who can be a Volunteer?

The Library seeks volunteers of all ages and backgrounds.


What is the Friends of the Lied Public Library?

The Friend’s of the Lied Public Library is an organization of book and library lovers who work together to promote the welfare and growth of the Lied Public Library.

When do we meet?

The Friends of the Library meet every other month starting in January. See our calendar for meeting dates and times.

What are the benefits of membership?

Members not only get to help the library grow, they are admitted early to the Book Sales!

What do Friends of the Library do?
  • Maintain a group of individuals interested in the library
  • Focus public attention in a positive manner on library services, facilities and needs
  • Help promote the use and enjoyment of the library
  • Raise supplementary funds for the library
  • Run the biannual Book Sale
How much does it cost to join?

There is no cost to become a member!

How To Join The Friends

If you are interested in joining the Friends of the Library,click the link below or contact the library at (712) 542-2416 for more information.