Gift Program

Over the years, hundreds of people have contributed large and small amounts of money to assist in the growth of the Melrose Public Library.  The Library Gift Program provides an opportunity for those who enjoy our fine library to share in its development.  A gift to the Library is a lasting expression of one’s sincere interest in the community.  All contributions are acknowledged with letters and are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

The Board of Library Trustees offers the following gift suggestions:

1. AN UNRESTRICTED GIFT
An unrestricted gift is particularly valuable because it affords flexibility in meeting the changing needs of a dynamic institution.  Gifts of this type would be used alone or with other gifts at the discretion of the Board of Library Trustees to sponsor a lecture or lecture series, to acquire an art object, or purchase/repair an item of furniture or equipment. With the consent of the donor, suitable recognition will be provided.

2. MEMORIAL BOOKS IN HONOR OF A FRIEND OR RELATIVE
With a donation of $25 (or more,) one or more books will be purchased as a lasting tribute to a friend or relative.  Books are selected that will keep alive the memory and interests of the person designated.  A special bookplate will be placed in the book or books, carrying the name of the person and the name of the donor, if desired.  The family of the person honored will be notified of the memorial gift without mention of the amount.

3. A GIFT TO COMMEMORATE A SPECIAL OCCASION
Honor gifts commemorate a special occasion such as a birthday, graduation, wedding, the birth of a child, anniversary or retirement.  The person honored will be notified of the remembrance without mention of the amount, and a bookplate will be placed in each book.  Since books are used over and over again, this is one of the most useful tributes that can be given.

4. A BEQUEST
A bequest is a gift made in a will.  It is desirable that the beneficiary be “Trustees of Melrose Public Library.” A bequest may be for a specific purpose, subject to certain limitations, or be left to the discretion of the Board of Trustees.  We would be glad to confer with your lawyer.

Download and complete a Gift Program Brochure or visit the Melrose Public Library to request one. Gift Program Form