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, at the discretion of the appropriate staff member, include:

  1. Donation of books and/or materials may be delivered to The Book Corner, located directly behind the main building at the intersection of N. 20th St. and Wood St. Please call 215-567-0527 for hours, to schedule an appointment, or more information.*
  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 Free 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.

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 are unable to 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 or for more information regarding In-Kind gifts, please contact the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation at or 215-567-7710.

The Impact of Your Gift

Sheila needed a job, but she lacked a computer at home to conduct searches and apply for positions. One day, she noticed a Free Library Hot Spot in her neighborhood and stopped in. With the help of the Hot Spot assistants, Sheila became a proficient computer user and applied to several jobs. She still visits the Hot Spot to develop her new skills, but she can’t come as often anymore: She’s too busy working at her new job!