Port Hope Public Library - Port Hope Branch

Gifts & Donations

Gifts & Donations

Donating to the Library is a gift to the whole community.

The Library and all of our patrons greatly benefit from gifts and donations received from generous supporters every year. Donations of books, DVDs, books on CD, and gifts of money to buy these materials enhance and supplement the collection. Gifts and donations are also a wonderful way to recognize a person, event, or organization.

How do I donate securities?

The Government of Canada has eliminated the capital gains tax on the eligible amount of publicly traded securities donated to registered charities.  A gift of securities to Port Hope Public Library helps your award-winning library purchase new books and other library material, enhance services, and continue to offer high-quality library programs and special events for the entire community.

If you are interested in donating securities to Port Hope Public Library please contact the Chief Librarian/CEO.

Donating Money

Cash is good, too!

The Library always welcomes gifts of money. Donate by cash or cheque and we’ll do the purchasing. You may specify a title or subject matter, or leave that up to us. You may also request that your gift of money be used to fund a program, buy equipment or furniture for the Library.

Donation Form

Donating to the Library is a unique way to honour someone special or mark an occasion. Some ideas include:

  • make a donation as the perfect ‘thank you’ gift for your child’s teacher
  • ask that guests to a birthday party or other celebration donate to the Library in the honoured person’s name instead of buying gifts
  • donate in your children’s or grandchildren’s names
  • donate money and submit a list of titles your organization would like to see added to the Library’s collection
  • request that people make an ‘In Memoriam’ donation for someone who has passed away

Donating Books, DVDs and books on CD

The Library welcomes donations of:

  • new and newer hardcovers less than 5 years old
  • new and newer paperback books in excellent condition
  • new and newer books on CD in good working order
  • DVDs in good working order
  • books of any age pertaining to Port Hope local history

Not sure what we mean by 'newer?' Please contact 905.885.4712 or email for further information.


 Our storage space is limited! If your donation consists of more than 2 grocery bags or 1 box, please contact 905.885.4712 or email before you donate.


Your donations will enhance the Library in one of two ways:

  • we will add them to the Library’s collection when appropriate
  • we will put them on the ongoing book sale shelves, the proceeds of which fund new purchases for the Library. The ongoing book sale shelves are located beneath the windows in the Circulation Desk area


Port Hope Public Library is listed on CanadaHelps.org, the national not-for-profit donation portal. 


150/150/150 Campaign Results

150/150/150 Campaign logo

Port Hope Public Library is pleased to announce that the 150/150 fundraising campaign conducted during 2017 has been an overwhelming success.
This campaign was developed by the library board's fundraising committee to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary. The intent of the project was to have residents invest $150 during Canada's 150th-anniversary year.
Board and staff members created lists of Port Hope residents that were friends or patrons of either the Mary J. Benson or Garden Hill Branch of Port Hope Public Library. A letter was then sent to each of these individuals asking them to invest in development of the Port Hope Public Library's many services and programs.
The term "invest" was the key to the campaign. It was vital that participants would be able to see how their investment made a difference to the library. With these funds, the library has purchased to date microfilm copies of select years of the former Port Hope Evening Guide newspaper, several children's mobile book-display units, tablets for the children's and young adult areas at the two branches, seating units and new table stools for the same designated areas at the Queen Street location, new and updated Canadian materials for the adult and children's collections at both branches. By the end of the year customized cabinets will be completed for Farley's Lookout at the Mary J. Benson Branch, with updated furniture for the children of the Garden Hill area and new mobile display units and enhancements for the DVD collection at Queen Street.
On Sunday, Nov. 5, a recognition event was held at the Mary J. Benson Branch to express appreciation to those who invested in the Port Hope Public Library. Approximately 80 people attended the function and were advised that just over $25,000 had been donated by 146 investors.
The group was challenged to see if they could encourage four more individuals to contribute to the campaign bringing the total to 150 investors. If this could be achieved, then this campaign would be known as the Port Hope Public Library's 150/150/150 fundraiser.
The challenge was met. As of Nov. 16, 2017, just over $25,900 has been donated by 152 residents. Thank you Port Hope! -- Margaret Scott, Port Hope Public Library chief executive officer