Support Your Library

Ways To Give

For over 80 years, the Rocky River Public Library has endeavored to enrich the lives of our community with books, information, programs and services. Your support will help ensure the Library’s mission to preserve its unique atmosphere and personal service, adapt quickly and efficiently to anticipate and meet community needs, and to promote freedom of information for all.

Financial: Support the Library

The library is grateful for the tax-deductible contributions that individuals, families, organizations, and corporations make to the Rocky River Public Library and to Rocky River Public Library Foundation. Gifts are accepted and acknowledged according to the library’s Gifts to the Library Policy.

For more information, contact Director, Jamie Mason at 440-333-7610.

Rocky River Public Library Foundation 

In 1968, was established by far-sighted individuals who understood that an outstanding library cannot be maintained through public funds alone. The Foundation was incorporated as 501(c)(3) organization to seek support to supplement tax-based funding for the exclusive benefit of the Library.

Learn about the Foundation.


Donating Items: Books, Cowan Pottery, and History

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are not taking book donations at the present time.

You can honor the memory of a loved one, or recognize a birthday, anniversary, graduation, retirement or other special occasion and help build the Library’s book collection.  Select the subject area of the book you would like to purchase and our staff will help select materials to enhance our collection.  Items purchased with donated funds must meet the gift provisions of the Rocky River Public Library Collection Development Policy. Inside each donated book, Rocky River Public Library places a commemorative bookplate in the name of the person honored and the donor.

For additional information or to obtain a book donation form, please contact the Adult Services Department at 440-333-7610, ext. 5501 or stop at the Reference Desk in the Library.

Cowan Pottery Museum
The Cowan Pottery Museum at Rocky River Public Library is the largest publicly owned collection of Cowan Pottery in the world.  This museum, withholdings of 1200 items, preserves and displays the ceramic works of R. Guy Cowan and fellow artists who strove to produce both art pottery and commercial wares. The Cowan Pottery Studio (also known as the Cleveland Pottery and Tile Company in its early days) existed from 1913 to 1917 in Lakewood, Ohio, and from 1920 to 1931 in Rocky River, Ohio.

If you would like to talk about a donation of Cowan Pottery, please contact Curator, Greg Hatch at 440-895-3763 or

Historical Items
The Library is an important resource that preserves our local history. If you have items including photos, yearbooks, maps, local history books or anything that demonstrates the heritage of our community that you would like to donate, please contact Library Director, Jamie Mason at 440-895-3716.

Donate Your Time

(Please click on the links below to learn about library support and affiliate groups.)

Friends of the Rocky River Public Library
Women’s Committee
Rocky River Public Library Foundation
Cowan Pottery Museum Associates