Make a Donation to the Reading Public Library Foundation
There are many easy ways to support your library!

Individual Contributions
The Reading Public Library Foundation accepts monetary donations and donated audio-visual materials all year long at every location. Books for our annual book sale are accepted until a cut-off date. Materials donated directly to our collection must be reviewed by the librarian in charge of that collection.

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

Help to build the collections in the
Reading Public Library...

or perhaps you'll adopt a video, a CD, or a DVD.

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

A bookplate showing your name will be placed in each item.  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.

If you are a member of a club or organization, adopting a book could be a group project...perhaps continuing from month-to-month or year-to-year.

Click here for a printable Adopt-A-Book form.

Your gift makes a difference.

Thank you!

If you have any questions, please call the Technical Services Department at
(610) 655-6350 EXT. 224

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.

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