Support Lewes Public Library


Libraries everywhere are facing tough budget decisions. And, with our brand new building built in 2016, we have a large new asset to care for – “for the next 50 years”. 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 at the Lewes Public Library 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 41% of its annual operating funds each year. The Library has three principal funders. In order of contributions they are: Sussex County, State of Delaware, and the Friends of Lewes Public Library. The remaining funds must be raised through gifts, grants, donations, fees, and fundraising.

The Annual Appeal, held in November of each year, is an endeavor of the Library Board of Commissioners to help provide operating expenses as well as build endowment for the future growth and needs of the library. To contribute to the Annual Appeal, you can give online or download and complete an Annual Appeal form, then mail or drop it off at the Library with a check payable to the Lewes Public Library.

The Commissioners and staff of the Lewes Public Library are very grateful to the community for the demonstration of support. For more information about the Library, our Annual Appeal, or our services, please contact Rebecca Lowe, Library Development Director, at (302) 645-2733, ext. 4117 or by email.

Three Hundred Years of Generosity in Lewes

The history of libraries in Lewes is long and rich. Please click here for the full story.

Types of Funds

Lewes Public Library Endowment Fund

A gift to this fund can be a lasting expression of your appreciation for the Library. Income deriving from gifts to this fund is allocated by the Library Board of Commissioners for the enhancement of Library services forever and will respect the wishes of each donor.

“For the next 50 years” Legacy Society

Members of the Legacy Society are all those who have remembered the Library in their wills as well as all those who have made significant lifetime donations of $50,000 or more. Gifts to this fund are allocated by the Board of Commissioners according to need. Funds may provide for Library services, long term capital maintenance, or improvements needs for the new, 2016 building the Library owns on Adams Avenue. Members may request their gift be earmarked for specific purposes.

Smail Memorial Scholarship Fund

This fund, established by gifts from the Smail Family and friends, and augmented by an anonymous donor, provides scholarships to graduating high school students who have given exceptional service to the Library.

Memorials and Honoraria

Anyone may donate funds to mark a special occasion or remember a loved one. For more information, please contact Rebecca Lowe, Library Development Director, at (302) 645-2733, ext. 4117 or via email.

Honor or memorialize family and friends with an engraved tribute paver in the pathway leading up to the Library, a sponsored solar panel, or an engraved leaf the “Learning Tree” in the Children’s Room. Click here for more information about each.

To discover the many ways in which you can support the Library including outright and deferred gifts, click here.

Do you have questions or need more information?

Please contact Rebecca Lowe, Library Development Director, at (302) 645-2733, ext. 4117 or by email.