Support Your Library

There are so many ways to support your library. From selecting an item off of our Amazon Wishlist to quickly donating $5.00  on our Facebook cause page, or donating to the library directly through Network For Good, no amount is too small and every dollar  goes toward continuing the quality library service that Lewes deserves.

So whether you prefer to give us your time and become a Friend of the library or your interests extend to merely  learning more about the library's endowment fund, please click on the following to read more.............

How the library is funded

About the Endowment

About the Legacy Fund


The libraries in Delaware and Sussex County are funded in various ways. Some libraries are fully county funded, others, such as the Lewes Public Library, are independent non-profit organizations, managed by their own volunteer Board of Commissioners who are appointed by a Superior Court Judge of the State of Delaware.

The Lewes Public Library receives funding from Sussex County and the State of Delaware. Other multiple in kind services and utilities are received from the City of Lewes. The remaining funds must be raised through gifts, grants, donations, fees and fundraising.

Support for books, media and programming for each fiscal year is provided by the annual membership of the Friends of the Lewes Public Library, an affiliate organization of the library which serves to provide approximately 10% of additional current operating expenses. Their membership drive is held in June of each year.

The Annual Appeal is an endeavor of the Library Board of Trustees to help provide operating expenses as well as build endowment for the future growth and needs of the library. Donors may choose to give support for either operating expenses or Endowment, or portion their gift to both areas of support.

For those seeking to provide a lasting memorial or legacy for the library please see our Legacy Fund, or contact the Library Director or a member of the Board of Trustees at 302-645-2733.

The Trustees and staff of the Lewes Public Library are very grateful to the community for the demonstration of support. For more information about the library, our Annual Appeal or our services, please contact a Trustee or the Library Director at 645-4633 or send e-mail through our website Contact Us page.

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