What does the Queens Library Foundation do? The Queens Library Foundation (the Foundation), which is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation, raises funds to provide books, materials, programs and services for the Queens Library. The library primarily serves the borough of Queens (The New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library are separate library systems which do not serve Queens residents). Donations to the Queens Library Foundation enrich the Library's collections and create innovative programs that meet community needs. The books, materials, programs and services the Foundation provides would not be possible without your generous donations. Your individual donations are not used for salaries or operating and maintenance expenses.
Why should I make donations to an institution which receives government funding? The Foundation support complements, but does not supplant, the government funding Queens Library receives. The New York City funds Queens Library receives only provide Library basics such as staff, collections, facilities, and operating expenses. The Foundation helps community libraries meet growing and diverse needs by partnering with the private sector to fund programs and resources not included in the basic operating budget.
How can I make donations to the Foundation? Your gift to the Foundation is welcomed and much appreciated. All donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.
Where do donations go? Donors can designate their gift to community libraries or specific program areas. Unrestricted donations go to fund books or materials or to those program/services most needing additional funds as determined between the foundation and Queens Library Leadership.
Do you have an administrative fee? There is no administrative fee for individual gifts given to the foundation. 100% of your gift goes to books, materials, programs and services .
How can I support my local community library or specific program? When making a donation, you can on your check or online which community or library you would like to support. We will honor your donation to the best of our ability.
Where does the money come from? Donations to the foundation come from a variety of sources. Majority of our support comes from grants from foundation and corporations along with a varied mix of individuals, business, community groups, and other local partners.
Does the foundation accept donations of books & magazines? The foundation is not able to accept donations of books and magazines. However, individual libraries will gladly accept your donated books and magazines. Once donated, materials will either.
- Be added to the collection, if Library collection experts determine they will support the collection.
- Be sent to our online vendor, Better World Books to be sold via their online book store with the proceeds used for purchasing new books.
- Be recycled.
How can I volunteer to help the Library? Contact Scott McLeod, Director of Volunteer Services here
What is the difference between the Queens Library Foundation and the Friends of the Queens Library? The Friends of Queens Library is a grassroots membership organization, whose members advocate for the library with the public. Member also raise money to meet immediate needs for the library including books, periodicals, programs for the communities, and short-term special projects. The Foundation works with local Friends groups to assist their efforts and will match funds they are able to raise in certain cases.
How do I get on the mailing list to receive information for Foundation events & news? To receive mail and electronic information from the Foundation, please join our email list and add your mailing address .Your information will not be shared or sold to outside parties and you may opt out at any time.
Who should I talk to at the Foundation? We would be happy to answer your questions and discuss your ideas. It is our wish to make sure your gift fulfills your needs and intentions. Please Contact Us