Support Your Library
Donations to the Library
Gifts of money or bequests are welcome as a means of augmenting Library Revenue. Conditional gifts are accepted if the stipulations are acceptable to the Library Board. Although donors may suggest that their funds be used to purchase specific titles or materials in particular subject areas, the Library reserves the right to select titles that will enhance the Library’s collection and meet the criteria of the Materials Selection Policy. The donor will determine whether a gift is given to the Library or the Bartlett Public Library Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization.
You may make a monetary donation online through ePay.
Gift and Memorial Books
Purchasing gift and memorial books are a wonderful and unique way to remember loved ones or to mark special occasions. Civic-minded businesses may also make a contribution to the community by donating to the library.
With your tax-deductible contribution, the Library will purchase an item in the category you choose. For instance, if the person you are honoring with a memorial book was an avid gardener, the Library will be happy to select a book about gardening for the collection. Acknowledgment of your gift is sent to the individual or to the family of the person being honored. A bookplate imprinted with your name and the name of the person being honored is placed in the book before it goes on the shelf.
Donations through Your Will
The Library accepts gifts to the Library through wills, trusts and legacies.
Book Sale Donations
The Friends of the Bartlett Library Perpetual Book Sale accepts donations of materials. Acceptable donations include clean and undamaged paperback and hard cover books and magazines within eight months of publication date. Also accepted are DVDs, CDs, videogames, puzzles and board games that are clean and complete.
Not accepted are: textbooks; Reader’s Digest Condensed Books; old Magazines; books with yellowed pages, torn covers or without covers; waterlogged or musty material; and books or magazines that have been highlighted or marked with pen or pencil.
Items may be dropped off in the Library lobby seven days a week during our regularly scheduled hours. Stop at the Check-Out desk if you would like a tax receipt for your donation.
About the Friends of the Library
The Friends support the Library in their mission to provide quality services and programs to the community. Since their inception in 1983, they have donated over $130,000 to the Library. In addition, every child that receives a new Library card also receives a new book donated by the Friends.
The Friends participate in many activities and fundraisers during the year, including: Perpetual Book Sale (located in lobby); Fravinia outdoor concerts; gift basket raffles and Library volunteers.
The dues, along with all the money raised throughout the year, go directly to benefit the Library. The Friends have contributed funds for programs, Hot Reads, computers, furniture & equipment, online homework help and much more. The Library would not be able to offer the richness of programs and materials to the community without their support.
Become a Friend
Any person interested in supporting the Library is encouraged to join the Friends. Organizations, clubs, and businesses are also welcome. Annual dues are yearly from your date of membership enrollment and start at only $5.00 for an individual. Additional contributions of any size are happily accepted. Volunteering and attendance at meetings is optional.
The Friends of the Bartlett Library will meet quarterly on the following days in the meeting room, unless stated otherwise. The public is welcome to attend.
For further details, contact the Library Director at 630-213-5001.
Thank you for your support!
The Bartlett Public Library District Foundation was established to provide additional sources of revenue to enhance library services that are not paid for through property taxes. The fund is divided into two parts.
Main Fund: This fund supports specific projects for the Library. In the past, the Foundation purchased furniture for the lounge area near the magazines and newspapers, helped buy the display for the Library flag that orbited the earth on the space shuttle Endeavor and paid for the Library’s subscription to the Wall Street Journal. The Foundation is currently helping to grow the Library’s Family History Collection and funding the Ancestry and Heritage Quest databases.
Patti Perkins Fund: Established in memory of the Library’s former Circulation Manager, donations to this fund add to the library’s collection of materials related to women’s health and support programs on this subject.
The Foundation Executive Board makes spending decisions and project selections. Members of the Foundation Executive Board are chosen from the Foundation membership.
You can become a member of the Foundation with a yearly contribution of $25 or more. Foundation contributors are not required to become active members of the Foundation.
All contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. The Foundation is categorized as a 501(c)3 organization by the IRS. You may also remember the Foundation in your will. Memorial donations are welcome.
Donations and Acknowledgements
The Foundation accepts donations in any amount. All donations to the Foundation should be directed to the library’s Administration. Gifts of $200 and more are recognized with a plaque on the Foundation Donor wall, located prominently in the library’s lobby.
There are three levels of giving:
The Foundation meets on the following days in the conference room. The public is welcome to attend.
For more information contact the Library Director at 630-213-5001.