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There are several ways that you can support the library. The most common way is an outright donation which can go to Library of the Chathams, to Friends of the Library, or to Chatham Library Foundation. This page details how donations to each entity differ and how you can donate.

Chatham Library Foundation

The Foundation’s immediate purpose is to support the Library of the Chathams construction project.  Once that goal is complete, donations will go toward an endowment fund to ensure consistent library operating funds from year to year.  The Foundation is a 501(c)3 — the library itself is not, and is not eligible for many grants and matching gifts while the Foundation is eligible.

Click here for details on the Chatham Library Foundation

Friends of the Library of the Chathams

Friends of the Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization run by volunteers. After expenses, 100% of the money raised goes to help finance books, services, programs, and improvements that are not covered in the regular library budget.  Recently funded items include:  Movie Nights, Seed Library, Watercolor Classes, Cheese Tasting, Teen Cooking Classes, Children’s Crafts Programs, Dungeons & Dragons Tournaments, two self-check Kiosks, and more!

Click here to visit the Friends of the Library website

Library of the Chathams

Donations made directly to the library generally go towards operating expenses, or where needed as deemed by the Board of Trustees and/or the library staff. Donations can also be made towards purchasing in specific areas of the library’s book collection, or in honor or in memory of someone.  Your donation is tax deductible.

You can donate to the library by cash, check, online, or in your will or living trust. Click here for details


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