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Donating FAQ

Why is the Library raising funds?

The library realized that in order to continue meeting the needs of a rapidly growing community, it needed to secure support beyond what the tax base was able to fund.


Why would I make a donation when my taxes already pay for the Library?

Support for the Library through the tax base is vitally important as it provides its main core funding. Unfortunately, all the other demands on that base coupled with Oakville's continuing growth mean that taxes aren't able to meet all of the community's library needs. With direct support from the public, Oakville Public Library can better meet those needs and go even further to reach out to those who haven't experienced reading and learning through library programs and services.


What will donations support?

Donations will fund those "special" things that core funding doesn't cover. For example, our Summer Reading program depends on fundraised dollars. Donations enable us to hire summer students to engage children and help them reach their reading goals. Donations also allow for incentive prizes - motivating participants to read over the summer and reward them for their achievements.

Donors have the option to designate their gifts to a variety of areas, including Early Childhood Literacy, Collections, or the Endowment Fund.


Who do the Library's projects help?

The majority of the Oakville Public Library's projects focus on children and teens. Through various initiatives, we continue to promote the importance of reading to young children and young adults, and encourage parents and caregivers to create literacy-rich environments at home. We also fund projects that preserve our heritage, such as the recently launched Oakville Images website, and other adult programming initiatives.


Do I get a tax receipt for my donation?

As a registered not-for-profit charitable organization, the Oakville Public Library is able to provide receipts for income tax purposes. All donations of $10 or more will automatically be receipted. Gifts of less than $10 will be receipted on request.


Are there any benefits for making a donation to the Library?

Donors will be recognized publicly and appropriately on the Library's Donor wall (signage at Branches), the annual Report to the Community, and on our website. Of course, donors are also rewarded by knowing they've helped to improve our community for their friends, neighbours and family.


I'm a Friends of the Library member. Doesn't that mean that I already support the Library?

Yes, while the Friends of the Library group is a separate organization, its membership does help to raise awareness and support of the Library through their membership fees and book sales. However, by making a donation to the Oakville Public Library, donors are providing direct support toward the enhancement of Library programs and services. Friends of the Library do not accept donations.


I know that there is a Friends of the Library group. How do I become a member?

Information about joining the Friends of the Library is available on their website at www.friendsofthelibrary.ca. The Friends can also be reached directly at (905) 815-2042, ext. 5900.


What if I just want to donate used books to the Library?

Oakville Public Library welcomes donations of good condition used materials. Donated materials that are not suitable for the Library's collection are either directed to the Friends of the Library for its book sales, recycled, or discarded. Proceeds from the Friends' book sales are put towards enhancement projects for the Library. Note though, that gifts of books can't automatically be receipted. The donor has to have his/her books appraised at their own expense and the library has to be able to use them in our collection before we can issue a tax receipt for the value.


If you have any further questions, please call Kate Palmer, Development Officer at (905) 815-2028.

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Kate Palmer, Develoment Officer
kpalmer@oakville.ca or 905-815-2028

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