Giving to the Library

You can promote literacy and innovation, build community and create opportunities for lifelong learning by making a financial gift, donating materials, or joining the Friends of the Library.

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How to Give to the Library

With the exception of books, maps and other items related to local history, the Library does not currently accept donation of books or other materials.  We ask that you not place donated materials in the book return or leave them next to the doors. 

Gifts ‘In memory’ or ‘In honor of’ a friend or a loved one are welcomed. Donations can be made to purchase library materials, for activities, or to the building fund. The Library acknowledges all donations with a letters to the donor(s) and the individual being honored, or the family of the individual being remembered.  Library staff will carefully select materials and a commemorative bookplate will be placed in each item.

Some donors wish to create a perpetual base of support for the Library, or a special activity, such as children’s programs. With a minimum contribution of $25,000, individuals may endow a library trust fund.  The Board of Trustees will oversee the trust so that the principal remains intact to generate future income for the trust’s designated interests.

Charitable bequests are an important part of estate planning. By leaving a bequest, you will have a lasting impact on generations of library patrons to come. Your taxable estate is reduced by a 100% deduction for a bequest amount and saves taxes whenever a taxable estate exceeds the amount offset by estate tax credits. Since the estate tax rate is progressive, the larger the estate, the more savings per dollar contributed. Bequests can be for a specific amount of money, securities, or other property, as well as residuary, to be paid after other obligations. If you wish to make a bequest to the Library, we suggest the following wording:

The [estate/trust] shall distribute [$ fixed amount or percentage] to the Mahwah Public Library to be used solely and exclusively for the benefit of the library or to [your choice of activity or program]. These funds should be used to enhance rather than replace Town funds budgeted for library services.

Friends of Mahwah Library

Friends of Mahwah Library are an independent, volunteer support group created by members of the community to provide advocacy, community outreach and financial support to the Library. For information about membership and meetings, please visit