How You Can Help - Donate

I Am BoslerBecause of you, all who live and work in the Carlisle area are fortunate to have Bosler Memorial Library as our public library, with free and equal access to library materials, services and programs available to all area residents. The Library is not just a building with books; it is a place for early learning, lifelong learning, civic discourse, community engagement, technology services and access. Each of you, who help to make all of this possible, are Bosler!

Click on the "Donate" button below or CLICK HERE to donate now or send in your check, payable to "Bosler Memorial Library," to 158 W. High Street, Carlisle, PA 17013.



Funding from the county library tax and state support together account for just 55% of the Library's annual budget. That's why your support continues to be crucial to making library books, services, programs and other resources available to the public.

To see photos of Bosler Library patrons and read about what they like about the Library, click here.


Giving Through Your IRA -- Changes in the Tax Law with the SECURE and CARES Acts

A lot has changed and continues to change in the tax law as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. While the SECURE Act that was passed in late 2019 made some changes to tax law regarding giving through retirement funds, the more recent CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, resulted in additional and new changes to the law.

Under the SECURE Act that was enacted in December, IRA owners and certain participants in qualified retirement plans are required to take distributions beginning at the age of 72. The mandatory beginning age had been 70½. Under the CARES Act, for the year 2020, there will be no mandatory distributions -- no matter the age of the account owner.

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. However, because of the modification of deduction limits in 2020, one could exceed this limit.

If you have any questions about the above options, 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 account name "Bosler Memorial Library, IMA" and account #30123400.

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



Sponsor a day of library service to support your love of learning and fun while honoring someone’s 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, operated by the Friends of Bosler, accepts donations of new or gently read books, audio books on CD/DVD, music on CD/DVD, movies on DVD, games, and puzzles in good, saleable condition. Items will also be reviewed for possible inclusion in Bosler's collection. We are unable to accept books or music on cassette, condensed books, damaged books, ex-library books, encyclopedias older than 2000, magazines older than a month, records, textbooks older than the year 2000, or VHS video tapes. Donations may be dropped off at the Library's circulation desk or taken directly to the Bookery, located in the East Wing, during their business hours. For large donations or for further information, call the Bookery at (717) 243-3313 or visit



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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August 19, 2020