Other Ways to Give


Community support is critical to our continued growth and vitality as a public resource. You can make a difference and help ensure a bright future for generations to come by making a gift to the Library. Please read on to learn more about how you can help.

How the Library is Funded

The Lewes Public Library is an “independent library” within the Delaware Division of Libraries consortium. As such, the Library must raise over half of its annual operating funds each year. The Library has two sources of government funding: Sussex County and the State of Delaware. The remaining funds needed each year must be raised through our own efforts of soliciting grants and donations, collecting fines and fees, and holding fundraising events, as well as through the efforts of the Friends of Lewes Public Library.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Any business, community organization, or individual can show their support for the library by sponsoring a program or event.

Memorials and Named Gifts

Engraved pavers are located within the “allee” – the shaded walkway through the parking lot leading to the Library entrance that is the centerpiece of the grounds. Thank you to everyone who participated in this fundraiser. However we are no longer accepting Tribute Paver requests.
The new Library has 540 solar panels which are expected to generate ALL the energy needs to heat and cool our new, larger Library. Combined with passive lighting, LED lights, and a new VRF system, solar makes the new Library one of the greenest, most cost-efficient buildings in the greater Lewes region.

To sponsor one or more of our array of solar panels, view Solar Panel brochure.

View the list of current Solar Panel donors.

Environmental Benefits to Date:

 246,352.72 lbs of coal offset         powered 1,000 homes for 25 days        559 trees saved                   

Celebrate the children and grandchildren of greater Lewes by having their names and a special message engraved on the “Learning Tree”. This colorful tree is located in the Children’s Wing and has branches that will expand as up to 300 leaves are added.

Engraved leaves may be purchased in two colors – gold ($300) and silver ($200). No bronze leaves are available.

To purchase a Learning Tree leaf, view the Learning Tree Brochure.

Donations of $5000 or more are eligible for a naming opportunity. Please contact the Development Director.

Make a Planned Gift

Planned giving describes a number of giving options that allow donors to support the Library during their lifetime and/or after their deaths, while meeting current income needs and providing for their heirs. Planned giving is often done in connection with estate planning or will preparation and is a giving option for donors of all income levels.

These gifts have the advantage of seeing your gift at work helping the Library.

  • Give online.
  • Cash Contributions – write a check payable to the Library. Then mail or drop it off at the Library.
  • Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) – direct transfers of funds from your IRA custodian payable to a qualified charity. QCDs can be counted toward satisfying your required minimum distributions (RMDs) for the year. In addition to helping the library, the amount donated, up to $100,000 per tax year, is excluded from your taxable income.
  • Gifts of Property – be more philanthropic than you thought possible while receiving significant tax savings.
    • These may include securities, real estate and tangible property, such as artwork, books or equipment.
    • Irrevocable gifts of real estate can allow you to enjoy your assets in your lifetime and gain a tax benefit today.
    • Gifts of appreciated stock provide you with a double benefit – a charitable tax deduction for the full current market value and you won’t be subject to capital gains tax on the appreciation in value. Plus, you gain the satisfaction of helping the Library.

Information on how to complete a donation of stock may be found here.

Bequests – Over the years, many patrons and supporters have remembered the Library as they prepare or revise their wills. Leave a legacy by naming the Library endowment as a beneficiary. Options include:

  • Wills or other estate planning documents
  • Charitable Trusts
  • IRA or other qualified retirement plans
  • Insurance policies

Individual donors may dictate the specific purpose/use for donations – which must be acceptable to the library.
The Gift and Donation Policy may be found here.
Donations of $25,000+ and/or bequests will be named in the Library’s Legacy Society.

For beneficiary designations, please use the legal name Lewes Public Library and the library’s federal tax ID #: 51-0350650. Thank you!

Do you have questions or need more information?
Please contact Rebecca Lowe, Library Development Director, at (302) 645-2733, ext. 4117 or by email.

The history of libraries in Lewes is long and rich. For the full story, read about Three Hundred Years of Generosity in Lewes.