Rockport Public Library
One Limerock Street, PO Box 8, Rockport, Maine 04856-0008

How You Can Help

Give your time and talent
Join the Friends
Donate used books
Consider a financial gift
Remember the Library in your will

New! Adopt Interlibrary Loan

Give a gift to our art conservation project. Call Molly for details.

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  • Building improvements and technology upgrades have been generously supported by an anonymous donor, and by a successful grant application from the Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation.

Generous gifts of time and talent, goods, money, and securities have immeasurably aided the Rockport Public Library since its founding in 1914.  Your gift is an important part of the Library’s present and future.

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Our beginning (1914): the Rockport YMCA / Opera House box office Our original building (1949) on Limerock St. Today’s Library (2001) after four expansions

Gifts of time and talent

Fall clean up by Ashwood students
Volunteers shelve books, process and mend books, work on publicity and programming, help with landscaping and undertake special projects.  Ask for an application form and more information at the Library, or give us a call.

A special volunteer opportunity is serving on the Library Committee, which is elected by Town voters.

Donating Used Books

Used books, audiocassettes, videocassettes, and compact discs are accepted year round. Certificate of Gift acknowledgement forms are available for income tax purposes.

Needed items are added to the Library collection. The others are sold in the annual Friends’ Book Sale.  In either event, they help the Library!

Financial Gift Opportunities

Gifts are tax deductible. As part of the Town of Rockport, the Rockport Public Library is a 501(c)(1) tax exempt organization.

Gifts for Current Needs (These gifts are used until totally expended.)
  • General gifts are added to the operating budget and help cover annual operating costs.
  • Celebration and memorial gifts can be made in honor or in memory of a special person. Bookplates recognize the occasion of the gift.

Endowment Fund Gifts (Only earnings from these gifts are used.)
Earnings from the Library’s Endowment Fund support for Library operations and purchase of new materials. The Fund is overseen by the Library Committee.

You can contribute to the Endowment Fund by:

Your Endowment Fund gift can be undesignated or designated:

Undesignated gifts will be added to the Endowment Fund. Earnings will support library operations and purchase of new materials.

Designated gifts to the Endowment Fund can be made in several ways:
  • You can request that your gift be added to the Marjorie B. Dodge Memorial Fund for Books. This fund, which honors the memory of the woman who was Rockport’s Librarian from 1962 to 1992, makes possible the purchase every month of new books for adults and children.
  • With the approval of the Library Committee, your Endowment Fund gift can establish a named fund to generate income to be used for a designated purpose. Bookplates can recognize books purchased with income from a named fund.
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The Marion W. Chatfield Fund supports the purchase of new fiction.

Gifts of securities & property

The Library can assist you in handling these gifts so that you receive the immediate tax advantages of a contribution to your community while your community benefits from your gift for many years to come.  The Library can also help with legal or brokerage assistance for gifts, when requested.

Corporate Matching Gifts

As a 501(c)(1) organization, the Library qualifies for many corporate matching gifts. For gift programs that require a contribution to a 501(c)(3) organization, gifts can be made to The Friends of Rockport Public Library.

Remembering the Library in Your Will

To leave a unrestricted gift to the Library, you can use the following words.

"I give, devise and bequeath to the Rockport Public Library ___ percent of my estate or the sum of ___."

If you wish to create a named fund or to have your bequest used for a specific purpose, please contact the Library Director or any member of the Library Committee.

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