How You Can Help - Donate

Staying Connected When COVID-19 forced schools, libraries, and most businesses to shut down, many library users were still able to stay connected to their love of reading, accessing the Internet, and attending library programs, thanks to financial support from so many generous library donors.

Bosler Memorial Library was able to offer online programs, eBooks and eAudiobooks, introduce curbside pickup service for library materials, and purchase additional Wi-Fi hotspots so that Carlisle area residents could access the resources they needed. Since the library reopened in June 2020, more regular library services have resumed, while others remain limited in scope, due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Although state and county aid normally covers around 55% of Bosler Library’s annual budget, the level of public funding these days may be at risk, due to the current state of the economy. Therefore, your financial support is needed now, more than ever, to ensure that you and everyone in the greater Carlisle area continues to have free access to valuable library materials, programs and services to help them stay connected.

Click on the “Donate” button below and select “Annual Fund for General Operations” to donate now or send in your check, payable to “Bosler Memorial Library,” to 158 W. High Street, Carlisle, PA 17013.



For questions, contact Molly Shane, Development Officer, at or (717) 243-4642, ext. 3222.

To see photos of Bosler Library patrons and read about how they are "Staying Connected," click here.


Giving Through Your IRA

If you are age 70½ or older, giving a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) from your IRA is a great way to make a donation. It lowers your tax burden, even if you claim the standard deduction because it’s no longer taxable income if you roll it over directly to a charity like Bosler Memorial Library. 

For the 2021 tax year, IRA owners and certain participants in qualified retirement plans are required to take distributions beginning at the age of 72. The minimum age for making a tax-free transfer from an IRA to a charity remains at 70½, and the annual limit for such transfers remains at $100,000. 

If you have any questions about giving through your IRA, contact Molly Shane, CFRE, Development Officer, at (717) 243-4642, ext. 3222 or your financial advisor.



Bosler Memorial Library, located in downtown Carlisle, is a public library serving the Borough of Carlisle and seven townships in Cumberland County. Founded in 1900, Bosler Library's mission is to meet the community's evolving informational, educational, entertainment and cultural needs. In carrying out this mission, Bosler Library offers free access to resources and educational opportunities for Cumberland County residents of all ages, income levels and ethnic backgrounds, from early literacy programs for preschoolers to access to high-speed Internet for adults and free book delivery for homebound seniors.

While Bosler Memorial Library receives some tax support, private contributions are needed and greatly appreciated to cover more than 22% of the annual cost for the growing demand from the public for programs and services. Because Bosler Memorial Library is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, your donations are tax deductible under the full extent of the law.

To learn about different ways you can make an impact with your gift to Bosler Memorial Library, refer to our Opportunities in Giving brochure.

Please be aware that the Bosler Memorial Library and the Friends of Bosler are separate 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and as such are required by law to maintain separate accounting records. When making a donation, we ask that you do not combine your donations for the two organizations.



To make a donation online now, use the button below to support Operations, the Building Fund, the Capital Improvement Fund, Tribute Books, Summer Reading or to respond to a Direct Appeal.



Annual Fund Giving Levels
$35 - $99 Magazine Circle
$100 - $249 Paperback Circle
$250 - $499 New Releases Circle
$500 - $999 Best Sellers Circle*
$1,000 - $2.499 Manuscript Circle*
$2,500 - $4,999 First Edition Circle*
$5,000 & up Classics Circle*

*NOTE: All donors with annual giving of $500 and above will be designated members of the Bosler Society.

If you would like to print out a form to send in with your Annual Fund donation through the mail, CLICK HERE.

For a form to print and mail for all other types of donations, CLICK HERE.

You can also make a gift in honor or in memory of someone special. An acknowledgement letter will be sent to the honor recipient or a family member of the memorialized person. Please include a name and address for this letter in the "Instructions to the Organization" block on your final online donation page.

Cash & Credit Card: Cash and credit card donations are accepted at the Circulation Desk at Bosler Library during business hours. Call (717) 243-4642 to make a credit card donation over the phone. Please indicate whether the donation is for Operations, Building Fund, Direct Appeal, Tribute Books, or the Capital Improvement Fund.

Check: You may also mail a check to Bosler Library at 158 W. High Street, Carlisle, PA 17013. Please indicate whether the donation is for the Operations, Building Fund, Capital Improvement Fund, Name a Day, or Tribute Books.

Gifts of Stock: Avoid capital gains tax by transferring stock to Bosler Memorial Library as a donation.  Have your broker send your stock donation information to our broker at the following address: Farmers and Merchants Trust Co. of Chambersburg, 20 S. Main St., P.O. Box 6010, Chambersburg, PA 17201. Include the following information:

  • Receiving institution Account Number: 010034177697
  • Account Title/Registration: Bosler Memorial Library, IMA 30123400
  • DTC Number: 2116

Giving Through Your IRA: Do you take minimum distributions from your individual retirement account but have adequate alternative sources of income? Now that Congress made the IRA Charitable Rollover (also known as Qualified Charitable Distribution or QCD) a permanent part of the tax code, it's now easier than ever to give directly from your IRA and reduce your taxable income. This could be especially attractive to you if you do not itemize deductions on your tax returns. For more information on eligibility criteria and how to make a gift through your IRA, click here.

Bequest or other Planned Gift:  Consider making a gift to Bosler Library with a future donation.  You can make a bequest in your will or name the library as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement plan.  For more information, click here.

Lila’s Legacy Society: If you have already made plans to leave something in your estate plans to Bosler Memorial Library, you are eligible to join Lila’s Legacy Society. By joining now, you can ensure that your gift will be used according to your intentions, and you will receive recognition and donor benefits during your lifetime. To download a copy of the Lila’s Legacy Society one-page application form, click here.

If you have questions about making tax-deductible contributions to the library or would like to receive information about other giving opportunities, please contact Molly Shane, Development Officer, at (717) 243-4642 Ext. 3222 or email Molly at



To make a donation in honor or memory of someone, you can donate online here with your PayPal account or credit card. Be sure to include the name of the honoree in the notes section (above where you enter your credit card information).

Or, you can send a check, payable to “Bosler Memorial Library,” and mail it to Development Office, Bosler Memorial Library, 158 W. High St., Carlisle, PA 17013. Be sure to write the name of the honoree in the memo line on the check or include a note indicating the name of the person you wish to honor or memorialize.



Sponsor a day of library service to support your love of learning while honoring a friend or family member's (or your own) birthday, anniversary or another special day.  Just select your choice of days from the calendar and complete the online application with your gift of $100.  Click here to access the Name a Day calendar and giving information page. Or, you may print out a Name a Day brochure to mail in with your check.



To make a cash donation for the Library to purchase a book in honor or memory of someone, click on the Donate button below and select "Tribute Books" from the Fund Choice drop-down menu or click here for more information and a Tribute Book giving form.




The Bookery and the Bosler Memorial Library welcome donations of new or gently used books, Music CDs, or Movie DVDs in good condition. Please review the guidelines below in regards to donating materials to the Bookery and the Bosler Memorial Library.

Please note, the following items are not accepted as donations:

  • Damaged books
  • Condensed books
  • Pre-2015 textbooks
  • Cassette tapes
  • Encyclopedias
  • VHS tapes
  • Magazines more than 3 months old

Bookery Donations
Book donations for the Bookery can be taken directly to the Bookery during normal business hours (posted below). If assistance is needed please call the Bookery. If your donation is larger than 5 medium boxes please contact the Bookery in advance to make arrangements.

Bookery Business Hours
Tuesdays: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Thursdays: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Fridays: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturdays: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Bookery phone number: (717) 243-3313

Donations for the Bosler Memorial Library
Book donations for the Bosler Memorial Library can be taken directly to the Public Services desk on the first floor of the Library. If assistance is needed please call the Public Services desk at (717) 243-4642.

If your donation is larger than 2 medium boxes please contact the Library’s Facilities Manager at (717) 243-4642 ext. 1249 to make arrangements. Please be aware that if you bring a large number of donations to the Library without making an appointment, the Library will not accept the donations.



You can help Bosler Memorial Library in a very specific way by donating something that is on our “wish list.”  In some cases, we can take your used items.  You may also donate a new item or designate your cash donation for the library to purchase an item on the wish list.  Click here to see what is on the list and how to give.



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You can volunteer your time in support of Bosler and its programs, by contacting our Volunteer Coordinator, Nicholas Macri, at (717) 243-4642 x3224 or by email at




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July 23, 2021