Making a Donation
Thank you for your generosity.
Your gift makes it possible for Helen Plum Library to enhance its collections and continue to serve as a vital resource for the Lombard community.
Your donation will be used to purchase adult, teen, or children's materials, and a note acknowledging the gift will also be sent.
The Library has been the recipient of several extremely large bequests. Consider making us part of your estate plan. Discussing the purpose of the donation with Library Leadership as part of that planning is strongly advised.
Donations to the Library qualify as charitable deductions for the donor under Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code. It states that deductions are qualified to "any political subdivision" if "the contribution or gift is made for exclusively public purposes."
Also, refer to IRS Publication 526, "Charitable Contributions", which lists, in part, "money or property you give to...local governments, if your contribution is solely for public purposes...". Under the Illinois Constitution, the Library is a local government and a political subdivision of the State of Illinois. Further, the Library's expenditures are limited by Illinois law to "public purposes."
Memorials, Tributes, and Gifts to the Library’s Collections
In anticipation of our move into the new Library building, we are currently accepting monetary donations for added and replacement copies of popular adult and youth materials. At this time, we are not adding memorial or tribute bookplates with each item purchased but are happy to acknowledge your donation with a thank you to the family you are recognizing and you. We plan to further evaluate our approach to donations after we have moved to the new building.
If you wish to pledge a financial contribution to the Library’s collections, you may download and print the Memorials, Tributes, and Gifts to the Library’s Collections form. Please fill in all relevant information so that we can follow your instructions accurately.
Gifts to the Library and Helen Plum Library Foundation
Donors may choose to provide funds for use at the Library’s discretion (not specifically for collections). Alternatively, funds may be given directly to the Helen Plum Library Foundation, an independent organization committed to supporting Library programs, services, and lifelong learning.
Thank you for thinking of the Library.
Any books or other items donated to the Library become the sole property of the Library, which may use them or discard them to fit the Library’s needs.
The Library accepts donations of the kinds of things that are found in a library collection, such as books, DVDs, CDs, video games, computer software, and the like. The Library does not usually accept items that would not normally be part of the library’s collection, except with permission from the Director. For example, we do not accept historical objects, photographs, antiques, artworks, furniture, computers, printers, scanners, etc.
The Library does not accept donations given conditionally, except with the permission of the Library Director. For example, the Library does not accept gifts with the condition that they are kept, used, processed, or maintained in any certain way.
The Library does not accept multi-volume sets (encyclopedias), magazines, newspapers, or textbooks.
The Library does not accept items that are in poor condition, moldy, or smelly.
In accepting a gift of materials, the Library reserves the right to decide whether items donated should be added to its collection. While some items may be useful in our collection, others may not be if they are:
- a duplicate of an item of which the library already has a sufficient number;
- outdated or obsolete;
- in poor condition, which would not justify the expense of processing, cataloging and preparing it for use; and/or
- of a specialized nature and not within the collection development plan of the library.
If donated book and other materials are not used, these items will be sent to Discover Books for selling or recycling. The Library receives a percentage of all sales from this organization.
Helen Plum Library Foundation
Established in 2015, the foundation is a nonprofit corporation that provides support for the Library through tax-deductible contributions.
Used Book Sale
The Helen Plum Library's Used Book Sale is suspended until further notice. We intend to bring it back when conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic have subsided.
Other Helpful Information
Income Tax Statements
The library cannot assess the value of a donation. There is a donation form that can be completed for your records. It is the donor’s responsibility to determine the value of the donation or use an independent appraiser to do it for them.
Use of Donations
Any cash received by the Library, books, or any other objects, become the property of the Library and will be used or not, solely at the Library’s discretion. The Library does not accept gifts with the condition that they are kept, used, processed, or maintained in any certain way. We regret that we cannot guarantee the materials will be kept for perpetuity. Professional librarians may withdraw the items as they become outdated or damaged.
The library cannot commit itself to perpetually housing a donation. Of course, no donation will be disposed of in a careless manner and every donor can be assured that the library will respect their donation and house it as long as feasible.
- No one may use the Library’s dumpsters to dispose of their unwanted materials.
- Library staff will not pick up donations from another location. Donations must be brought to the Library.
- Library staff can help transport donations into the library only if there are appropriate staff available to do so.