In-Kind Gifts

The Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation gratefully accepts donations of material goods and non-cash contributions for the Free Library of Philadelphia, which are in line with its current mission, collections, and programming. Accepted donations include:

  1. A donation of books and/or materials.*
  2. Rare books, manuscripts, correspondence, and works of art to the Free Library’s special collections. Please note that the acceptance of all gifts to the Library’s special collections is at the discretion of the appropriate curator.
  3. Items, including food, to be used for events or programs sponsored by the Free Library of Philadelphia, e.g. items donated for a raffle, to be sold at auction, to be given to participants in a Free Library-sponsored program (e.g. Summer Reading) or to volunteers at a Free Library-sponsored event.
  4. Advertising (print, billboard, radio time, television time) for which there has been no charge to the Free Library.
  5. A donation of services.
    Note: Contributed services cannot be counted as a gift and do not qualify as a charitable tax deduction to the donor. However, a donor of services may be able to deduct expenses incurred while performing said services. In such cases, the donor should be advised to consult with a tax accountant.

Please complete the Gift In-Kind or Non-Cash Contribution Donation Form and present it with your donation. For more information, please contact Rebecca Alig, Manager, Donor Engagement & Development Communications at 215-814-4105 or aligr@freelibrary.org.

Special Considerations
*Donations of books and materials may be brought to any neighborhood library. Donations to the Parkway Central Library should be delivered to The Book Corner, located directly behind the main building at the intersection of N. 20th St. and Wood St. The acceptance of all materials and services is at the discretion of the appropriate Free Library of Philadelphia staff member.

Note Regarding Tax Credit
It is the sole responsibility of the donor to determine the value of a contributed item; Free Library of Philadelphia and Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation staff members cannot assign a value to the donated item(s).

If a donor wishes to receive a tax deduction on donations of materials valued at $5,000 and above, the IRS requires an independent, third party certified appraisal and the completion of IRS form 8283. Should a donor require the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation to sign IRS form 8283, please Rebecca Alig, Manager, Donor Engagement & Development Communications at 215-814-4105 or aligr@freelibrary.org.

The Impact of Your Gift

Young student Reggie has grown leaps and bounds with the support of the Free Library’s Literacy Enrichment After-school Program. He and his mother began visiting the Library after Reggie brought home a report card indicating his reading level was below where it should be. With the support of his mother and the Library’s LEAP staff and children’s librarians, Reggie’s reading skills have blossomed: He now reads at an advanced level for his age!

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