A gift in someone’s name is a meaningful way to honor or memorialize a family member or a respected friend or colleague, or to mark a special occasion.

When you give a tribute gift in support of the San José Public Library, we will:

  • Place bookplate(s) recognizing your honoree in a volume from whichever library collection you select from the list below*;
  • Send a card to your honoree or whomever you designate acknowledging your generosity; and
  • Recognize your honoree on our website and in any printed materials that list tribute gifts.

PLEASE NOTE: We cannot honor requests that bookplates be placed in specific book titles or branches (materials circulate throughout the entire Library system). Bookplates can include text but not organizational logos. Your bookplate will remain in the book(s) for the circulation life of the book.

You may select a Library collection from the following list for your bookplate(s):

  • Children’s
  • Fiction and Literature
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Biography
  • Science and Technology
  • Social Sciences
  • Young Adult

* Bookplates are available for tribute gifts of $100 or more:

  • $100 = 2 bookplates
  • $250 = 5 bookplates
  • $500 = 8 bookplates
  • $1,000 = 18 bookplates

FYI: Even when you request a bookplate, 100% of your tribute gift is tax deductible. Please contact us for more information.


The San José Public Library Foundation is grateful for tribute and memorial gifts from the individual donors received from the January 2020 through October 2021 honoring the following people:

Mr. and Mrs Lu
Joyce Baker
Stephanie Birondo and Mary Nino
Dr. Dawn Coppin
Madeline Damiano, IAHF Librarian
Lila Abigayle Enos
Nolan Gregory Enos
Riley Alexander Enos
Margaret Fitch
Ho Check Gong
Ann Grabowski and Peter Allen
Robert & Vicky Kossayian
Walter Kuttig
In honor of Steve for his love of the library and in memory of Layne
Henry S. Lee
The staff at Joyce Ellington Branch Library

Rose Avela
Nancy Bellaire
Nancy Biagini
Stephen Brieger
Glen and Norma Brynsvold
Donald J. Cantrell
Jeanne Carevic
Marilynn Carstens
Susan Renzel Carter
Gavin Coffing
Dee Constanti, Volunteer at Vineland Friends
Pat Dando
Secondo DeCecco
Patricia Ector
Freda Farquharson
Margaret Fitch
Deborah Garvey’s mother
Ben and Bruce
Ho Check Gong
Virginia Handley
Virginia Handly
Mike Harris
Marie Ignacio
Lillie Ikeda
Dr. V. Kamkar – Children Advocate
Ruth Kampa, founder of SJPLF
Scott Kimizuka, Library Assistant, Berryessa Branch Library

Jessica Lopez, Rose Garden Branch Library Staff
Joan Lopez
Ryan Lowe
Julia Paccioretti
Walter M. Robinson
Dorothy Rowland
Jorj Tilson
Alison Wortman
Thomas Xie
Howard Yim
Cambrian Branch
Children of Latino families in the Guadalupe Washington Neighborhood Area
Eric and Mary
San Jose public library

Rolf Klenk
Judy Klikun
George Kobayashi
Virginia Lebacqz
Henry Levin
Malia MacDiarmid
Peggy McClure
Regina U. Minudri, an extraordinary librarian
Judith Monahan
JoAnn O’Hara
Ralph K. Park
Sandra J. Pelose
Nina Petrova-Paquette and Sukhjit Sangha
Ava Nicole Pierce
Patrick Pizzo
Former librarian and San Jose City Council member, Charlotte Powers
Emil A. Ranallo
William C. Rike
Edie and Klaar Rog
Bonnie Salera’s parents
Marlene Schroeder
Peter Stone
Phyllis Terrell
Jorj Tilson-Rotary Club of San Jose, who loved books and enlivened our conversations
Dora Y. C. Tsai
Steve Yarak


You can leave your mark on the San José Public Library by remembering us in your final wishes. So, get started on your will today and support the people and causes you love.