Gift Giving

The Milford Town Library is a publicly funded institution for the use and enjoyment of everyone. Support from private individuals, non-profit organizations or corporations are greatly appreciated.

How to make a donation by cash or check

Complete a donor form.

Checks should be made payable to The Milford Town Library Gift Account  In approximately one week, you and the person you are honoring (if appropriate), will receive an acknowledgement of the donation.  Once the library has received the materials purchased with your donation, you will be notified of the titles selected. Please be aware that if you specify a topic and/or format for your gift, depending upon availability, there could be a delay of up to several months in the materials being available.

Bequests Trust Fund or Cash Donations

The Board of Library Trustees encourages gifts in the form of bequests, trust fund or cash donations. Gifts of money, real property, and/or stock will be accepted if conditions attached thereto are acceptable to the Board of Trustees.

Book Donations

All books and other materials given as gifts will be received with the understanding that they are accepted subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees. The Milford Town Library accepts gift books, or other items donated for the collection, with the understanding that the gift will be evaluated in accordance with the criteria by which purchased materials are judged. Donated materials are considered with the explicit understanding that such factors as duplication, lack of community interest, processing costs, or inadequate shelf space may prevent their addition to the collection or permanent retention on the shelves.

Books, Materials, Equipment, Furnishings, Services or Facility Enhancement

Gifts of books, materials, equipment, furnishings, services or facility enhancement are welcome with the understanding that the Director will evaluate the gift for appropriateness and usefulness. Processing costs, upkeep or maintenance and space for housing are considered in this evaluation.

Gifts are accepted with the understanding that the Library, if it cannot use them, may at any time discard them in any way it deems appropriate. Materials not of use in the library collection are frequently given to the Friends of the Library for their semi-annual book sale. The Library does not appraise books or other gifts.

Cash Donations for Purchasing Materials

All monetary gifts donated for the purpose of buying books or other library materials, will be expended in a manner consistent with the Collection Development Policy. The Library makes every effort to purchase items in subject areas or formats specified by the donor. However, we cannot guarantee that particular titles can be purchased, due to availability. Unless the donor requests anonymity, the Library will identify materials purchased with donated funds by means of a book plate that names the donor.

The library will not agree to separate treatment for gift materials. Donated materials will not be placed on special shelves, or separated from other similar materials already in the library collection.

Paul F. Raftery Trust Fund

Paul F. Raftery was a member of the Milford Town Library Board of Trustees for 54 years and served more than 50 years as a Milford Public School educator. Mr. Raftery believed that everyone’s future was dependent upon education, books and reading. The Children’s Room of the library was dedicated in Paul Raftery’s name following his death in 1999.

The Paul F. Raftery Trust Fund is a perpetual tribute to a man who cared deeply about education and learning. The principal of this trust fund is left untouched; only the accrued interest from the fund is spent by the library to purchase educational materials for the Children’s Room of the Milford Town Library. Each book purchased from this fund has a bookplate signifying that it was purchased in memory of Mr. Raftery. We know that many children benefit from the educational materials that would not otherwise be available.

Please consider a gift honoring the memory of Mr. Raftery.  Checks should be made payable to: The Raftery Trust Fund.