There are many ways to support the Chatham Area Public Library District.  We've listed some ideas below, but you may have others.  If you would like to donate to the library in any way, please call or stop by the library and let us know.

Commemorative Gifts

A book in the library is a wonderful way to honor someone else.  The library will purchase the book and add a bookplate with your specified inscription.  For more information, Amy Byers, Director.

General Donations

Donations of any amount are welcome and will be used to purchase new materials for the library, including adult, children, young adult and large print books; CDs; DVDs; and newspaper, magazine, or database subscriptions.  Please specify if you would like your donation to be used for a particular collection.

Gifts to the Foundation

When you contribute to the Chatham Library Foundation, the money is placed in a fund. These monies are prudently invested, and is used to finance special library needs. The easiest and most common way to give to the Foundation is through a gift of cash. A contribution given in memory of a loved one is a wonderful tribute, a living memorial that will continue to give through the generations. Special occasions such as anniversaries, graduations, and births can be noted with a charitable gift. Contributions made to the Foundation can also be made through bequests in your will. In addition to providing the satisfaction of helping the library in a sustained way, a contribution to the Chatham Public Library Foundation is tax deductible to the full extent provided by law.  For more information, please check out the Foundation page on our website.

Donating Used Books

Thank you for considering donating your used books to the Chatham Area Public  Library. We sort the donations, add the treasures to our collection, and give the books in good condition to the Friends of the Chatham Library for their bookstore and book sales. If you are considering making book donations, please keep in mind the following guidelines.


  1.  New or like new hardback fiction and nonfiction (prefer titles less than 3 years old​ unless they are classics)
  2. Gently used paperbacks that have not yellowed
  3. Children's books that have not been torn or written in.


  1. Books that are dirty, water-stained or moldy
  2. Enclyopedias, textbooks, Readers Digest condensed books, magazines (older than 6 months) or computer books (unless the computer books are less than one year old)