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.
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.
Any business, community organization, or individual can show their support for the library by sponsoring a program or event.
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
Engraved leaves may be purchased in three colors – gold, silver and bronze at $300, $200, $100 each, respectively.
To purchase a Learning Tree leaf, view the Learning Tree Brochure.
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.
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:
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.