Chester County Library Trust

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The Chester County Library Trust, a 501(c)3 organization, was established to bridge the gap between traditional funding sources and community needs. The goal of the Trust is to develop financial resources to build collections, expand library programs and services, and support projects the libraries cannot afford through operating budgets.

We rely on your support

Please make an investment in our community by donating to the Chester County Library Trust

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Matching Gifts

Does your company offer matching gifts? Local companies that offer matching gifts include Vanguard, Johnson & Johnson, Bristol Meyers Squibb, Exelon, PJM Interconnection, and Comcast. Please consider asking your employer if they offer a matching gift program.

Make a Donation

Click the button below to contribute with a credit card or mail a check, made payable to The Chester County Library Trust, to 450 Exton Parkway, Exton, PA 19341.
Questions: Contact Nicole Richards, CCLS Development Director at [email protected] or 610-344-4058.

M and T Bank

The Trust gratefully acknowledges the support of M &T Bank and The Pearl Foundation.

Trust Initiatives


Museum Passes

The Museum Pass program offers free admission to 23 cultural institutions, including museums, gardens, and a zoo. This program has helped thousands of Chester County residents visit cultural institutions at no cost, and supports the Trust’s goal of encouraging lifelong learning.



In partnership with The Pearl Foundation, StoryWalk® is an early literacy initiative located in Exton Park. The twenty reading stations along a half-mile paved walk promote health and literacy in children by encouraging exercise and reading.


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Virtual Reality Equipment

Both libraries offer equipment for patrons to explore the world of virtual reality, for entertainment and education. Users experience virtual learning, such as completely building a car engine from scratch, in full 3 dimensions.


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Nearly 18,000 adult residents participated in one of 1,166 programs offered by the library in 2021. Our free programs offer a wide range of topics and training and promote adult literacy and lifelong learning. The Trust purchases program equipment such as STEM science kits and cooking demonstration tables in support of adult and children’s programs.


MakerSpace at Henrietta Hankin Branch

In 2022, the Trust funded a new MakerSpace, a place in which people with interests in computing or technology can gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment, and knowledge. The MakerSpace allows patrons to use digital media and tools to inspire creativity to learn, collaborate, and explore. Newly installed equipment such as a Cricut maker, Nomad CNC Mill, spiral coil and binding machine, and sewing machines allow users to bring their imagination to life.


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Planned Giving

Including the Chester County Library Trust in your estate plans or Will ensures the Chester County Library will always be a valuable resource to your community. When you plan a gift to the Chester County Library Trust in your long-term estate or financial plans, you will help us ensure that we’ll be here to carry out our mission for many years to come. Talk with your attorney or financial advisor today to make those arrangements.

Memorial/Honor Giving

Your donation on behalf of a loved one, friend, or family member, can be made for any event or occasion–birthday, anniversary, holiday, or memorial. If you wish, we will send an acknowledgement to the recipient so that they know you have made a contribution in their name. We do not disclose the amount of the gift unless you ask us to do so.

Chester County Library Trust is a 501(c)(3) non- profit.
The official registration statement and financial information of the Trust may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1(800)732-0999.
Registration does not imply endorsement.