The Alpine Public Library greatly appreciates the outstanding support of our community. Most public libraries in the United States are operated by local governments, which provide almost all of the funding required for their operation. The Alpine Public Library, in contrast, is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Both Brewster County and the City of Alpine provide invaluable support, but in 2015 their combined contributions provided only 24% of the funds needed to keep the library doors open. That means that 76% of our budget must come from other sources.
Being a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization means that in the eyes of the IRS, APL is a charity, and all your donations are tax-deductible.
There are many ways to donate:
- Cash gifts
- Charitable bequests and estate gifts–Email us or call to request our bequest_info pamphlet
- Books or other material donations (please see our gift acceptance policy here)
- Gifts in memory of a loved one (a family acknowledgment will be sent)
- Gifts in honor of a special friend (a personal acknowledgment will be sent)
- Gifts of stock shares or other assets
- Your time! (see our volunteer page)
If you work for or are retired from a large corporation, your donation to APL may be eligible for cash matching grants. Please check with your employer to see if they offer an Employee Gift Matching Program.
When you donate, ask us about an engraved brick with your name (donations of $100 or more). Bricks will be placed within the APL landscaping.
The Alpine Public Library Reader’s Fund was established by a generous anonymous donor to help support library operations, in honor of Dale Christophersen, Brian Shugart and all the Brewster County residents who help their neighbors in times of need. You may match this $5,000 donation or designate your gift to this fund.
Shop at smile.amazon.com and choose APL as your charitable organization, and a portion of your purchase will be donated to the library automatically.
Direct donations and Friends memberships make a huge difference in providing library services to patrons in Alpine and beyond.
Click here to see the 2013 Alpine Public Library annual report.