Support Your Local Library

Chase Emerson Memorial Library values your support. Over half of our annual budget comes from donations. All financial contributions to the library are tax deductible, to the extent allowable by law. Your gift to the library has a direct bearing on the quality of the services and programs that we can provide. Your generosity is critical to allowing us to serve the Deer Isle community over the years.

Your tax-deductible gift empowers us to maintain a knowledgeable and dedicated staff; sustain an historic facility; and offer a wide range of up-to-date media, convenient services, and enlightening programs that make the Chase Emerson Memorial Library a cherished center of our community. Ultimately, gifts to Chase Emerson Memorial Library represent not only confidence in the work of the Library, but also belief in our collective future.

Make a Gift Through PayPal

PayPal's services allow people to make financial transactions online by granting the ability to transfer funds electronically between individuals and businesses or organizations such as Chase Emerson Memorial Library. 

It is not required that you have a PayPal account to use the company's services. You have a choice of having an amount that you want to donate charged to one of your credit cards or, if you have a PayPal account, taken from your bank account.

Through PayPal, making a donation to the library is easy; you can spread your gift over the course of 12 months by specifying a lesser amount and have that automatically taken out on a monthly basis. It couldn't be easier!

Memorial Gifts and Restricted Gifts

The Library accepts cash, bequests, annuities, securities, books or furnishings as memorial gifts. Books or furnishings given “in memory of” or “in honor of” individuals may be designated by a memorial bookplate or plaque. As long as they are consistent with the mission of the library, gifts can be designated for special programs or areas of interest of the donor.

Amazon Smile

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way to support Chase Emerson Memorial Library every time you shop at Amazon, at no cost to you.

Non-Monetary Gifts

Gifts of art, books, and other tangible objects will be accepted in accordance with the library gift policy as long as no conditions are attached. Such gifts are accepted at the discretion of the library board with the recommendation of the library director. Although the library will acknowledge such gifts for tax purposes, the library staff is not authorized to appraise such gifted materials. It is the donor’s responsibility to obtain the appraisal prior to transfer of ownership to the library.

Become A Volunteer

Chase Emerson Memorial Library welcomes Volunteers. Year-round and seasonal residents are welcome. Some volunteers work with the librarian, helping at the front desk, shelving books, and assisting visitors. Others work behind the scenes, managing the collections. Please contact the librarian or any board member to ask about volunteering in the library.

Annual Fund

The library raises money for the Annual Fund through a general mailing as well as direct solicitation of individuals, corporations, and foundations. Donations to the Annual Fund may be made at any time during the year by sending a check to:  

Chase Emerson Memorial Library
PO Box 9
Deer Isle, ME 04627

Chase Emerson Memorial Library   
PO Box 9    17 Main Street     Deer Isle, Maine 04627

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