All donations are fully tax deductible
A donation slip is provided upon request.

There are many ways to provide for your library. We accept financial contributions, book donations, the purchase of commemorative bookplates, and estate and foundation bequests. We are grateful for your interest and generosity and hope we repay you by offering the best and brightest service and materials. We like being your favorite library.

Nearly-New and Gently-Used Books and DVDs

The Library accepts any and all books and media on an ongoing basis, preferably during operating hours. Please refrain from dumping donated books in our Free Book Bins. Donated materials should be free of mold, mildew and book bugs, but who are we kidding?!

Donations are treated in a variety of ways -- we dispose of some (the ones that smell), others are added to our collection (thanks!), and still others are shelved in our Booksale Annex to be sold. Proceeds from sales help fund new purchases and programs.

Are you cleaning out your parents' home and need help carting the entire contents of their bookshelves to the library? Please call us and ask for Barry who will show up at your house behind the wheel of a decommissioned ambulance.

NOTE: If you are interested in books on a specific topic, let us know and we will make very effort to contact you should we receive materials of that nature.

my main man barry and his SLAMbulance

Commemmorative and Honorary Bookplates

Bookplates are decorative labels placed inside the front cover of a book. Our Director will work with you to choose the appropriate wording to celebrate a child's birthday or memorialize a loved one. Book- plates may be added to a book in our collection or a new one we order on a suitable subject. A copy of the plate and the title of the book will be mailed to you for your records.

Honorary Book Plate--Read 2 Rover

Historical Documents, Photographs and Artifacts

The Library will make a determination on whether to accept books, photographs, papers and objects of local historical significance, and find ways to incorporate them into our collection, or display (space permitting) or archive them for public access.

Please note that the processing of extensive collections is based on staff availability, or in some cases, the assistance of volunteers. Once donated, gifts of materials become the property of the library and cannot be returned to the donor. Materials are stored and protected at the discretion of the library.

Monetary Contributions

If you are looking to make a meaningful gift to the community during the holiday season, or any time of year, consider a contribution to the Blauvelt Free Library. The Library is grateful for any and all donations. Every little bit helps us provide for you.

Donations of Furniture and Other Items

Occasionally, the Library accepts donated furniture, art and other items of interest. That’s how we found our piano, two club chairs, and that big conference table in the Mary Behringer Room. Please speak with our Director when you clear out your clutter (we have very eclectic taste). She will make a house call to check out your giveaways.

a piggy bank with a dollar sign on the side

Planned Giving

Planned giving provides benefactors with a lifelong legacy when they make a meaningful gift to the Blauvelt Free Library. Charitable bequests can be made through a will or trust, through the designation of assets, stock or property, expressed as a percentage of an estate, or a retirement account or annuity.


Kurz Family Foundation

For the past several years, the Blauvelt Free Library has been the recipient of an annual donation from the Kurz Family Foundation. Founded by the late Herb Kurz, noted businessman and philanthropist, the KFF supports numerous organizations in Rockland County through philanthropic empowerment. Today the Foundation is spearheaded by Herb’s son, Leonard Kurz.

To read more about our generous benefactor, click on the photo of Herb Kurz at right.

star wars producer gary kurz

The Blauvelt Free Library’s Kurz Family funds have been earmarked for an art installation by whimsical sculptor, Tom Nussbaum, which will be housed in the new second floor, Children’s Room lobby as part of our 2016 Renovation Project.

Visit to learn more about our artist.

To learn more about our Renovation Project, visit:

a tiny model library

Example of Nussbaum sculpture--whimsically geometric