Giving to the Library
The Adams County Library System is committed to providing access to education to all members of our community. Luckily, there are many like-minded people within our community who recognize the importance of education. These people donate not only a great many volunteer hours to the library system, but also give monetarily through our Named Endowment program and/or our Memorial & Honor Books program.
A Named Endowment Fund is set up to honor a person or organization in perpetuity. Every year, the library uses the interest earned on each Fund to purchase library materials. Funds can be designated to purchase certain types of materials (i.e. by subject matter, genre, or material type). These new items are identified with a bookplate and a plaque identifying the fund is added in the Main Library.
Named Endowment Funds require a minimum contribution of $1,000 and can be added to, in any amount, at any time, which increases the purchasing power of that fund. A personal contact for each Fund is advised on an annual basis of the materials chosen and placed in the collection. The system currently has over 150 Named Endowment Funds which purchase close to $18,000 of materials each year.
If you wish to honor an individual with a meaningful gift, or remember friends and loved ones, a Memorial or Honor Book can be purchased. Using your gift, the library will purchase a book which will bear a book plate identifying your honoree. The library will notify the appropriate party of your thoughtfulness and generosity.
Materials purchased through the Memorial & Honor Book program can be designated for certain types of materials, just like the Named Endowment Program. Library staff will work with you to select an appropriate item.
Private support is vital to the ongoing success of the Adams County Library System. While the library receives funding from both the state and county, nearly 10% of the annual budget is derived from Endowment income.
A wide variety of giving opportunities are available to support your favorite Adams County Library or the Adams County Library System as a whole, including volunteering, joining the Friends of the Library or supporting libraries financially. Making a contribution is a wonderful way to reach out to current and future library users.
The Library System is happy to be participating the 4th Annual Giving Spree sponsored by the Adams County Community Foundation at the Gettysburg Hotel, Nov. 12th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Please don’t hesitate to stop by our table at the event to talk with us about the many ways you can help support education for everyone in Adams County. For more information, you can also call the library at 334-0163.