Support the Library
IT’S YOUR LIBRARY!
Gifts for the Present
Gifts for the Future
Don’t let our name fool you. The Middlesex County Public Library is not a County agency. While the County of Middlesex is as generous as it can be in providing us with as much funding as it is able, we are a non-profit institution that relies fundamentally on participation and the generosity of our patrons. There are a variety of ways to help the Library. Some of the most beneficial types of gifts are listed here as a guide. For details about any of the following please call the Library.
Gifts for the Present
This one is easy. You can make a gift now by contributing cash to the Annual Fund Drive. Donations are accepted at any time during the year and are tax deductible as we are a 501(c) 3 charitable organization. Most monetary donations are for immediate use and may be directed to a specific program or need. For information on how to contribute to the Annual Fund Drive call us.
Many corporations will match contributions made to non-profit organizations by current or retired employees. Please check with your employer and inquire about their matching gift policy.
You can use your credit card to donate to us thanks to The Foundation Serving Richmond & Central Virginia. Clicking on the icon below will take you to our page at ‘GiveRichmond.org’. You can view our portrait and donate to us online using your credit card from their secure website. We hope you will!”
Have books that you would like to donate? We’re happy to take them. You can drop off material any time the Library is open. The Library can provide a tax-deductible receipt for your donation. We may add your donation to the collection or offer them for sale or transferred to other institutions. All donated materials will be reviewed by staff for possible placement in the collection based on the guidelines established in the Library Collection Development Policy. The library reserves the right to accept, decline, or discard offered material.
We’re not too fussy. However, we don’t want books that you wouldn’t allow in your own living room. That means old, nasty books from your attic or cellar. We don’t want old National Geographic Magazines; nor do we want encyclopedias older than two years. As a general rule we do not add school textbooks to our collection.
We are most appreciative of the many donations of material we receive each year.
Many of our patrons give money to the Library in order to memorialize a friend or loved one who has passed on or to honor someone still living. Funds may be sent to the Library. Please indicate the designation in a note accompanying your check and we will provide you with a receipt and send a note to the family. A special book plate will be placed in the books purchased through your gift. You can help keep the memory of a friend or loved one alive by making a donation. Or let someone know how much you value them through a gift to the Library. A gift in honor of a teacher, special birthday, or any occasion or individual is a great present. A receipt is sent to you and a card is sent to the honoree to announce your gift.
You can become a Medici of Middlesex County by sponsoring programs at the Library. By paying for professional programs or underwriting staff-led presentations such as special children’s Summer Reading Program events you can make it possible for the Library to offer stimulating and educational programs that it could not otherwise afford.
Gifts for the Future
You can direct a gift to increase the endowment fund that supports the Library or establish an endowment fund for an appropriate designated purpose. An endowment account allows for the expenditure of net earnings while protecting the gift principal in perpetuity.
A fund may be set up whose interest will be disbursed annually to purchase books as directed by the donor. All materials purchased through this fund carry a personalized bookplate. The Library makes every attempt to fulfill specific requests for material that is appropriate to that individual, especially if the donor earmarks specific areas of library acquisitions.
Designating the Middlesex Public Library as a beneficiary in your will ensures library service for future generations. Bequests and other forms of planned gifts have an enduring impact on Library programs and services and provide for long-term growth.
Please consider us when making your estate plans. There are many forms of planned gifts that are excellent vehicles for significant giving and can offer major estate tax benefits to donors.
Life insurance policies designating the Library as beneficiary may be a current or deferred gift. Gifts of securities offer special tax benefits.