Archive for September, 2007

The Troy Public Library Foundation

Incorporated in 1991, the Troy Public Library Foundation is a 501(3) nonprofit organization whose purpose is to solicit gifts, endowments, bequests, and grants for the support, enhancement, and continued operation of the Library.

A separate entity from the Friends of the Library and the Troy Public Library with its own board of directors, mission, and by-laws; the Foundation enlists the involvement of individuals, families, foundations, businesses, organizations, trusts and estates in support of the public library.


Buy A Book Campaign

Need a gift for that person who has everything? Do you want to honor someone special in your life, or thank someone for helping out? Why not buy a book?

The Buy-A-Book campaign benefits the Troy Public Library. For a gift of $25, a book will be purchased to add to our collection. A bookplate will be placed inside the front cover with your name, or the name of the personBooks as a gift you designate, on it. This campaign allows you to contribute directly to the Library’s book collections.

As the Library’s membership grows every year, the need to increase its collections out paces the Library’s budget. This is where you can help. Your gift will place books directly into people’s hands: the littlest children who are just learning to read, the teen with an impending book report, or the adult looking for the latest bestseller.

Please consider supporting this campaign. You can choose the department you would like your gift to benefit, or your gift will be placed into the general book fund which will be used to fill the greatest need.

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Book Donations

Man holding books

We are happy to accept donations of books or other materials that are in good condition.  If we do not add the items to our collection, they will be given to our book sale, held weekly at the Lansingburgh Branch.   Although we can sometimes use older books, in most cases books printed more than ten years ago will not be added to our collection and are unlikely to find a buyer at our book sale.  Please keep in mind that the library must pay to dispose of book donations that are not usable to us.

Donation Guidelines:

  • Books or other materials in good condition.
  • DVDs and CDs must be original copies in playable condition.
  • No magazines, encyclopedias, or Reader’s Digest Condensed Books.

Please place all donations in sturdy boxes or bags, and schedule large donations in advance. If you would like a receipt for tax purposes, we can provide a dated acknowledgment of the donation, but cannot place monetary value on donated items.


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In the Beginning…

Citizens of Troy became interested in establishing a public library long before many cities of comparable size. Discussion concerning such a library actually began with a letter from an anonymous ‘Citizen of Troy’ in the November 13, 1799 Troy Northern Budget appealing for the establishment of a public library in order to “work out the salvation of, consummate the happiness of, and conduct to every door a correction of morals and a source of mental improvement” for the people of Troy. A collection of books became available for circulation, and a group of stockholders was formed in 1800. The library’s search for a permanent home spans 96 years.

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Main Library

Main library front viewFunds to construct the Hart Memorial Building and the lot on which to build it were donated by Mary E. Hart to honor her late husband, William Howard Hart. Designed by the New York City architectural firm of J. Stewart Barney and Henry Otis Chapman Architects, the Hart Memorial Building, now known as the Troy Public Library, is a distinguished and early example of the American Renaissance style. When they came to design the Troy Public Library, Barney and Chapman were working in an emerging and exciting new style. This style evolved with the architectural success of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago which introduced the general public to what had been a more intellectual movement with a limited number of completed projects. Examples of the style prior to construction of the Troy Public Library include the Villard Houses (1886), The Low Library at Columbia University (1894) and the Boston Public Library (1887).
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