Support the Library
As a nonprofit 501c(3) organization,* the Adams County Library System (ACLS) relies on donors like you to deliver our mission to the more than 102,000 youth, families, and seniors living in Adams County. With your help, we can offer creative programming and services that connect people to opportunities that enrich their lives.
There are many ways you can support the library!
Every dollar helps, so thank you! To make a credit card donation, please visit the link below. Any donation made by credit card is non-refundable.
Mail a Check
You can drop off a check at any of our 6 convenient locations, or you can mail your gift to
Adams County Library System
140 Baltimore Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Please make checks payable to the Adams County Library System
To view the Members of our Annual Giving Society, please click here.
What better way to honor a friend or loved one than with an enduring gift?
Named Endowment Funds are:
- A meaningful way to honor a person or organization in perpetuity
- A gift of $5,000 or more, invested to earn interest for the library
- Used annually to purchase the types of materials you designate
- Available for you to add to, in any amount, at any time, to help increase our collections
We'll acknowledge your honoree with a plaque in the Gettysburg Library, and annually we will let you know which materials have been added to our collection with a bookplate denoting your honoree thanks to your gift.
To create a Named Endowment, please contact Dawn Smith, Development Officer at 717-334-0163 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorials & Honor Books
Express Your Love with an Honor Book
Looking for a way to show special appreciation to a loved one? The ACLS accepts donations of $35 per book to expand our collection. An Honor Book donation offers a lasting tribute for friends, family, teachers, co-workers, and even those purrrfect pets in your life. The ACLS staff will take into consideration the subject and preferred genre and provide a "name plate" in each book with wording approved by the donor. We can take your Honor Book Request in person at any of our six convenient branch locations or you can make the request on line at www.AdamsLibrary.org. An acknowledgment can be sent to both the donor and to the person or family being honored. It's a great way to say, "I love you" and contribute to the lifelong learning of residents throughout Adams County.
Cash will be accepted for the purpose of purchasing materials in honor or memory of a person, persons or organizations. A plate will be placed in each book with the wording approved by the donor. The Library will take into consideration the subject and wants of the donor as well as the collection development policy of the Library.
A charitable bequest is simply a distribution from your estate to a charitable organization through your last will and testament. There are different types of bequests and they can be made in the form of cash or property, or a percentage of the remainder of an estate. We encourage you to work with an expert to create a charitable bequest. If you would like to let us know of your intent, please contact Dawn Smith, Development Officer, at DawnS@AdamsLibrary.org or 717.334.0163. Thank you! Together, we can create a vibrant space for lifelong learning!
Fundraise for the Library: Host a Community Event
Having a yard sale? Car wash? If you are interested in helping us expand our mission through a fundraising activity, we would be honored to be your charity of choice!
Learn more about hosting an ACLS Community Event: here
Books and other materials normally used by libraries may be accepted by the Executive Director as a gift with the explicit understanding that she/he may or may not add all or part of it to the collection. The Library shall not undertake the responsibility of placing a value on any gift presented to it. The Library will, upon request, provide the donor with a written description of the gift. In the case of books, the written description would include the quantity of books and designation of hardback or paperback.
The Library welcomes gifts of money, securities, or property such as art objects, portraits, antiques, and other museum objects if they are readily usable for library purposes or can be made so at little cost and written permission is granted by the donor or his agent to convert them to money.
*All contributions to the Adams County Library System are tax deductible; all gifts will be acknowledged by letter. Because of the complexity of tax codes and other laws, persons considering bequests or endowments to the Library are urged to consult with their financial and legal counsels.
Join Our Friends
Our Friends associations, which help to raise funds for the operation of our libraries, can always use a helping hand.
- The Friends of the Adams County Library System
- The Friends of the Littlestown Library
- The Friends of the New Oxford Area Library