Support the Library

Be part of the solution: Make your tax-deductible gift to the Reading Public Library Foundation

Individual Contributions

Government funding pays only a portion of the Library’s operating expenses. We depend on support from generous individuals like you to help fund our collections, job search resources, access to the internet, education programs for adults, children’s story hours, and so much more. Your gift helps keep these vital services FREE for all Berks County residents.

Please note that donors who contribute a $1,000 or more will become a member of our Andrew Carnegie Society.

Click below to make an Online Donation through Paypal or click here for a printable form.


Honor or Memorial Gifts

A gift made in one’s name is always a meaningful way to mark a special occasion or to remember or honor a beloved family member, friend, or colleague.

When you make a Memorial or Honor gift to the Reading Public Library Foundation, we will send your honoree or their family member a card acknowledging your generosity.

Click here for a printable form.

Sponsor A Book

Sponsor a book or other material to celebrate a friend, remember a loved one, or applaud a child.

Your tax-deductible donation will be used to purchase items of your choice for RPL Main or any branch.

A bookplate will be placed in each donated item showing your name. You may choose to dedicate the item to the memory of, or in honor of someone special to you. That name will be shown on the bookplate as well.

Click here for a printable form.

Buy-A-Book (and be the first to read it)

Do you want to be the first to read the hottest new book or watch a new movie?

RPL’s Buy-A-Book program allows you to purchase new materials as a donation and be the first person to check it out.

Your purchase of a book or other material is a tax-deductible donation to RPL.

A bookplate will be placed in each donated item showing your name to acknowledge your donation.

Click here for a printable form.

Planned Giving

With careful planning, it is possible to reduce or eliminate income taxes (including capital gain) and transfer taxes (including gift, estate, inheritance and generation-skipping). Individuals can enjoy these tax savings while turning appreciated assets into an income for themselves or others. Planned giving is a tool that helps them achieve their goals for the Reading Public Library (RPL) while enhancing their financial plans and security.

Through the Reading Public Library Foundation, a non-profit, 501(c)3 corporation organized solely for the purpose of accepting private gifts to the Library, RPL can offer a variety of life-income arrangements. A life-income arrangement operates as follows: an individual irrevocably contributes cash, appreciated securities or other property to the Foundation, which then sells and reinvests the property to pay an annual income to the individual and/or a beneficiary for life or a term of years. After the death of the last beneficiary or the end of the term, the gift is transferred to RPL. The proceeds of the gift are used for the purposes designated by the individual at the time of the contribution.

Benefits Include:

  • Annual income for you and a beneficiary
  • Professional investment management at no charge
  • Bypass realizing capital gains on gifts of appreciated assets
  • Immediate federal income tax charitable deduction
  • Estate tax savings
  • Creating a future gift that reflects your vision for Reading Public Library

Contact us at 610-655-6365 for more information about how to leave a planned gift to Reading Public Library.