Columbus Metropolitan Library is consistently ranked among the top four libraries in the United States. With more than 44% of the county’s population holding library cards and at least 8.5 million users annually, it outranks urban library systems in New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles. With diminishing government support for operations, the library engaged Benefactor Group to explore the potential for increased philanthropic support. Through internal and external assessments that included current and prospective donors, board members, community leaders, and staff; extensive review of library records and materials; and competitive benchmarking, Counsel provided a detailed and comprehensive development plan. Benefactor is currently providing general consulting services to assist in the implementation of the plan.