Support Us

There are many ways you can support your libraries. We appreciate any efforts you put forth that can help us accomplish our mission. This can be done by making a monetary donation to your library or donating your time through volunteering.

We even appreciate your support just by spreading the word about all we have to offer! We sincerely thank you as we rely on the support of our library users and the surrounding community to continue providing quality services and access to all of our resources.

Monetary Donations

Click on the Donate button below to give online via Paypal or credit card. You can provide a one-time gift or set up a monthly contribution to your library. After selecting the amount you wish to donate & your preferred use, please complete the Add a Note section beneath the monetary amount with a description of your payment purpose so that it can be properly applied. We appreciate any amount you are able to contribute and will ensure that the money will be used to help further our mission. The Oil Region Library Association is a charitable entity so your donations will be fully tax deductible as allowed by law.

Additional options include:

These are a great opportunity to help your library purchase new materials, furniture and equipment while remembering or honoring a loved one or group. Contributions are submitted in memory/honor of an individual or group and the Library will include a placard, plate, or some other form of identification in memory/honor them. You can make an online memorial/honorarium contribution by using the Donate button & adding Memorial or Honorarium to the Add a Note section, as well as the name of the individual/group you wish to make it for.

Our libraries subscribe to a multitude of periodicals (newspapers, magazines) and each can be adopted in your name, the name of your business or anonymously. These adoptions help offset the costs to the library while providing valuable resources to our local communities. Want to adopt a periodical we don’t currently subscribe to?  No problem!  Let us know the details and we’ll look to add it to the collection.

The Oil Region Library Association has an Endowment fund that is managed by Bridge Builders Community Foundation. These funds are invested and also have certain restrictions so that they are available for future generations of library users! Visit to learn more about Bridge Builders and to begin the process of contributing to our endowment fund through their “donation” section. Reach out to us if you experience any issues!

Consider Oil Region Library Association when planning for legacy gifts. You may designate a branch (Oil City, Franklin, or Cooperstown) or leave it up to the Association to appropriate. These type of gifts help provide a lasting impact for our libraries in your honor.


The Oil Region Library Association has plenty of volunteering opportunities and we appreciate any time people are willing to offer.  Per Pennsylvania law, in order to volunteer as an adult you must obtain clearances (free for volunteers) and submit them to your library.

Volunteer Tasks include:

  • If you have a skill set or training in any particular area, we’d love to explore how we can utilize that to benefit the library and surrounding community
  • Hone a skill into a public program for library patrons
  • Perform equipment upgrades and routine maintenance
  • Provide patron tech. support (one-on-one or groups)
  • Organize and bundle newspapers or magazines
  • “Shelf read” in the stacks for orderliness
  • Rotate items within collections to fit properly on shelves
  • Re-shelve returned items from carts to their home locations
  • Inventory collections
  • Apply book covers to new materials
  • Dust PC areas, book shelves, office areas, etc.
  • Grounds Maintenance
    • Collect garbage, pull weeds, shovel snow, etc.
  • Organizing donated books
  • Our libraries each have a group of dedicated volunteers that provide support through various fundraising and volunteer opportunities
  • Learn how to sign up here!
  • Teens can earn volunteering hours virtually by writing or recording book reviews, creating library-related filmography, & more through Virtual Volunteens!
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