40 East Simmons Street, Galesburg, Illinois 61401 (309) 343-6118
Thank you for your interest in supporting the Galesburg Public Library in its efforts to serve Galesburg residents. There are a number of ways to support the library's efforts: as a volunteer; through financial contributions, memorial books, book and material donations; and by joining the Friends of the Library. Additional information regarding financial contributions and material donations may be found in the library's gift policy.
Adopt-a-Shelf Program. Do you love books? Why not adopt some? The library is looking for detail-oriented volunteers for our Adopt-a-Shelf program. Adopt-a-Shelf volunteers help keep the library tidy and accessible by maintaining orderly shelves, making sure books, DVDs, and audiobooks are in good condition for loan, and reducing the frustration our patrons experience when books are misplaced.
Adopt-a-shelf volunteers donate their time to care for one section of the library by “adopting” that section. Sections are assigned based on volunteer interest and availability. All Adopt-a-Shelf volunteers commit to caring for their section for a minimum of one hour every two weeks; however, volunteers are welcome to spend more time if they like. Responsibilities of Adopt-a-Shelf volunteers include keeping books in numeric or alphabetical order, checking the condition of books, assuring that each book belongs to Galesburg Public Library, and dusting or cleaning shelves as needed. Volunteers will have their efforts recognized, if they choose, with an “Adopted by” nameplate placed in their section.
Adopt-a-shelf volunteers wishing to care for shelves in the Adult Fiction, Biography, Large Print, and Audiovisual Sections must be 18 years of age or older; those wishing to care for shelves in Young Adult or Children’s sections must be 15 (9th grade) or older.
Special Projects Volunteer. Join a list of “on-call” volunteers who are interested in helping the library with special projects – either one-time or long-term – as they arise. Examples of these types of projects include but are not limited to:
Special projects volunteering is an ideal choice for individuals who want to help the library but are unable to commit to an ongoing set schedule. Age requirements will vary based on the task; to learn more or receive a volunteer application, contact Melinda at 343-6118 or stop by the Reference Desk.
To learn more or to receive an application, please contact Melinda at 343-6118, at email@example.com, or at the Reference Desk.
Financial gifts are used to augment the library's books and materials budgets and undertake building projects. Your contributions are fully tax deductible.
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Many employers double or triple an employee's gifts to charitable organizations through their matching gift program. Ask your human resource office for details and the necessary forms.
In addition to gifts during your lifetime, consider an estate gift to continue the library's work for generations to come. Please contact the director at (309) 343-6118 or by email for additional information.
A contribution to the library is a wonderful way to honor a friend or family member, to commemorate a birthday, retirement, anniversary, graduation, or to recognize the death of a friend or family member. Library staff are available to help you choose appropriate items. Please contact the director at (309) 343-6118 or by email for additional information.
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The library welcomes your donations of books, audio books, CDs, DVDs, videos and other materials in good condition. Materials given to the library become the property of the library and the library may take any action, including disposition, with respect to them. Some materials may be added to the library collection; others may be sold in book sales, with proceeds benefiting the library. Appraisals for the value of donated materials will not be given. Materials may be dropped off at the library anytime during library hours.
The library is interested in receiving donations of materials documenting the history of Galesburg and Knox County. The library acknowledges gifts for tax purposes, but cannot be responsible for assessing the monetary value of gifts. Contact Patty Mosher, archivist, at (309) 343-6118 or by email for additional information.
The Friends of the Galesburg Public Library group was organized in 1984 to support the work of library. The Friends is a nonprofit organization open to everyone, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age or place of residence. The Friends organization operates under the guidance and supervision of the library's Board of Trustees and does not involve itself in library policy.
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The Galesburg Public Library Foundation provides a link between philanthropists
of all types and the library. The library benefits from gifts, Foundation
activities and individual giving. The mission of the Galesburg Public Library
Foundation is to enhance library resources and services and provide financial
sustainability. The Foundation is comprised of individuals who are interested in
fund raising, have an interest in the library’s future and want to be activists.
Foundation members undertake projects that complement and advance the library’s
presence in Galesburg. Please contact the director at (309) 343-6118 or by email
for additional information about donating to the Galesburg Public Library