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A Gift That Lasts Forever...

Each day in Norfolk, our library staff reaches out to children and adults to help them grow and learn. We foster a love of reading and provide the vital information services people need. If you give to the Norfolk Public Library Foundation, you can be sure your gift will be used effectively to improve the quality of life in your community. The following information briefly describes several ways to give. We are always happy to discuss options with you so that your gift can truly reflect the spirit in which it is given.

Great libraries are the reflection of a great community. Build a foundation for library greatness by making a gift today. There are many ways to give to the community and the Norfolk Public Library. You can donate to one of the seven endowments listed below or to the Active Fund that is used to meet the library's immediate needs. For endowment donations, the gift principal is never spent, only the annual earnings are used.


General Library Endowment
This endowment supports all aspects of library services, from buying more books to enhancing information services and library buildings.

Computer Technology
This endowment supports technology that allows computer access and training for all residents.

Children & Teens
This endowment not only supports the children and teen book collections and programs, but also creates areas within libraries that support reading readiness, discovery and experimental learning.

Local History & Genealogy Endowment
This endowment supports the development of a strong Sargeant Memorial Local History & Genealogy Collection for Norfolk Public Library.

Senior Citizens
This endowment helps the library address the divergent needs of our growing senior population.

Staff Training
This endowment provides training for our valued library staff.

Brick & Mortar
This endowment supports the renovation and maintenance of library buildings and provides supplemental funding for new buildings.

Other Ways to Give

Active Fund
A donation to the active fund is used to meet the library's immediate needs and/or fund special projects. Your entire donation will be spent to improve current library services. 

Planned Giving
A planned gift establishes a legacy for generations to come. If you would like to earmark your estate for one of the Library's Endowments, our staff will be happy to assist you in developing a planned giving program.


Established in 1995 and supervised by its own Board, the Norfolk Public Library Foundation is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. We welcome all gifts, no matter the size, and ensure they are used in accordance with the donor's wishes.