Give to the Library

The Ridgefield Library is incorporated as a private library association, established as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. While recognized as the provider of public library service for the town of Ridgefield, the Library receives only a portion (app. 70%) of its annual operating budget from a town grant.  Most of the remaining funds are raised privately from individuals, businesses, foundations and community organizations. There are many ways to support the Ridgefield Library.

Take a look at the new Annual Report for 2017-2018

Contact: Laureen Bubniak, Director of Development, 203-438-2282 x11029

Annual Appeal
Over 1,000 individuals, families and groups support the myriad services of the Ridgefield Library by participating in the Annual Appeal. Learn how you can be part of this family of supporters.

Guardian Society
Inaugurated in 2009, the Guardian Society recognizes those individuals and groups that have made a commitment of annual support to the Library at the level of $1,000 or more. Learn more about membership in the Ridgefield Library Guardian Society.

Tribute Gifts
Celebrate, Honor or Remember a loved one or a special occasion with a tribute gift to the Library. A great idea for graduation and end-of-year teacher gifts as well! Learn how.

Special Funds
noreen l. papa "mothers: live your life" fund

Make a donation in memory of Noreen or to honor an important woman in your life and support Library programs and collections dedicated to promoting women's health and wellness. Learn more about this initiative and how you can support it.

Stock Gifts
The Ridgefield Library is happy to accept gifts of appreciated stock. Contact us as above for details of how to transfer ownership to the Library. With recent changes to capital gains taxes, this is an ideal time to consider donating appreciated stock.

Matching Gifts
The Ridgefield Library is eligible to participate in many corporate matching gift programs, which can increase the value of your gift substantially. Find out more or contact your Human Resources department for information about your company’s policy.

Employee Giving Programs
The Ridgefield Library is on the list of eligible charities for many employee giving programs in the region, allowing you to designate the Library as the recipient of your charitable payroll deductions. Check here to see if your employer is among them.

Planned Giving
Planned giving opportunities allow donors to make a significant or long-term commitment to the Ridgefield Library while also considering their own financial planning goals. NEW in December 2015: Congress has re-authorized the IRA charitable distribution program. Learn more.

Morris Legacy Society
This prestigious society recognizes those who have made a long-term commitment of support by including the Library in their estate plans. Learn how you can qualify for membership.

4th Grade "After Hours" Fundraiser
New this year, an update and refresh on our annual 4th Grade After Hours Fundraiser.
Magic for Muggles, a not to be missed Harry Potter-inspired event. Dates for 2018 are November 2 and 3. Click here for full information.


Special Events
A SpinRaiser at JoyRide, Fairfield County's Community Foundation Giving Day, Ridgefield Library Days at Books on the Common and our annual Great Expectations Gala are among the occasional special events that offer an entertaining or educational way to support your Library.

2019 Great Expectations Gala on May 4th

More about upcoming special events.

Vehicle Donation Program
Donate your car, boat, truck, RV, Jet Ski or snowmobile to the Ridgefield Library and receive a tax deduction. This no cost, no hassle process begins when you contact our fundraising partner, Donation Line LLC at 877-227-7487. Make sure to ask for our extension, 2919. Or you can click here “Donate Car” to donate online now.

"I cannot recommend this highly enough.  It could not have been easier and some of  the nicest people I've dealt with. "
-A satisfied Ridgefield Library car donor


Library Wish List
New! Purchase a specific book for our collection, and you may be the first to get the chance to read it.  Choose from new releases or treasured classics needing replacement.
Click here to buy a book or see other Wish List options.

Businesses and others receive widespread positive visibility by sponsoring some of the Library’s most popular programs and services. Contact us as above for information about available sponsorship opportunities. See a list of current sponsors and community partners.

Friends of the Library
The Friends of the Ridgefield Friends of the LibraryLibrary is a separately incorporated non-profit organization. Membership dues paid to the Friends are distinct from contributions to the Library’s Annual Appeal.

Friends’ dues provide the seed money for book sales and other Friends’ activities, the proceeds of which are used to support specific Library services and programs. Appeal donations made directly to the Library support our annual operating budget. Learn more about the Friends.

Book Sales
The Friends of the Library offer twice-annual used book sales and ongoing Internet sales to raise money in support of selected Library services. Find out more.

The Ridgefield Library Association is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization (FEIN 06-0692378). Contributions to the Ridgefield Library are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law, in accordance with IRS regulations. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted for all types of contributions.