Chase Emerson Memorial Library values your support. Over half of our annual budget comes from donations. All financial contributions to the library are tax deductible, to the extent allowable by law. Your gift to the library has a direct bearing on the quality of the services and programs that we can provide. Your generosity is critical to allowing us to serve the Deer Isle community over the years.

Your tax-deductible gift empowers us to maintain a knowledgeable and dedicated staff; sustain an historic facility; and offer a wide range of up-to-date media, convenient services, and enlightening programs that make the Chase Emerson Memorial Library a cherished center of our community. Ultimately, gifts to Chase Emerson Memorial Library represent not only confidence in the work of the Library, but also belief in our collective future.

Make a one-time Gift

You can make an online gift to Chase Emerson Memorial Library using your credit card or PayPal. PayPal is a safe and secure way to donate. After you click a “Donate” button, you will be taken to the PayPal site, where, once your transaction is completed, you will receive a detailed receipt for your tax-deductible donation. You do not need to have a PayPal account to donate. Additional information and a link to PayPal can be found on the following page:

Annual Appeal

The library raises money for the Annual Fund through a general mailing as well as direct solicitation of individuals, corporations, and foundations. Donations to the Annual Appeal may be made at any time during the year by sending a check to: 
Chase Emerson Memorial Library
PO Box 9
Deer Isle, ME 04627

Restricted Gifts and Memorial Gifts

The Library accepts cash, bequests, annuities, securities, books or furnishings as memorial gifts. Books or furnishings given “in memory of” or “in honor of” individuals may be designated by a memorial bookplate or plaque. As long as they are consistent with the mission of the library, gifts can be designated for special programs or areas of interest of the donor.

Non-monetery Gifts

Gifts of art, books, and other tangible objects will be accepted in accordance with the library gift policy as long as no conditions are attached. Such gifts are accepted at the discretion of the library board with the recommendation of the library director. Although the library will acknowledge such gifts for tax purposes, the library staff is not authorized to appraise such gifted materials. It is the donor’s responsibility to obtain the appraisal prior to transfer of ownership to the library.

Become a Volunteer

Chase Emerson Memorial Library welcomes Volunteers. Year-round and seasonal residents are welcome. Some volunteers work with the librarian, helping at the front desk, shelving books, and assisting visitors. Others work behind the scenes, managing the collections. Please contact the librarian or any board member to ask about volunteering in the library.


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Chase Emerson Memorial Library
PO Box 9, 17 Main Street
Deer Isle, Maine 04627-0009
Telephone: (207) 348-2899