Paying for the Regional Library


Every Contribution Counts

Whether $20 or $20,000, your support is urgently needed to make the regional  library facility a reality. Gifts may be made in one payment, or pursuant to a pledge covering a number of years.


$4.39M Raised



The estimated cost of the regional  library is $5,300,000, and half of that amount has already been raised. Momentum for the regional library culminated in 2015 when Accomack County committed $2,000,000 to the library capital project. Then in 2016, through the efforts of Senator Lynwood Lewis and Representative Rob Bloxom, ESPL received a $500,000 appropriation from the Commonwealth of Virginia for the regional  library. In addition, in 2016 the Eastern Shore of Virginia Community Foundation awarded a grant of $50,000 toward building the regional  library.  The library capital campaign will raise the remainder of the necessary funds, through private foundation grants, additional government funding and grants, and corporate and individual donations.

The Eastern Shore Public Library Foundation (the “Foundation”) is a Virginia not-for-profit corporation formed in 2009 to raise capital and endowment funds for ESPL.  It is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations to the Foundation are tax deductible. The Foundation will serve as the lead agency for grant applications and donations in the capital campaign.  The Foundation has created a committee to conduct the capital campaign, with Fitzhugh Lee Godwin, Jr. and John W. Edmonds, IV serving as the Co-Chairs.

The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teacheres, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species. I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.
— Carl Sagan

Since its inception, the Foundation has raised more than $360,000 in cash, including $25,000 received in a matching grant from the Marietta M. and Samuel Tate, Jr. Morgan Trust. A portion of these funds has been used to cover the costs of architects and engineering studies, to pay for a study of fundraising capacity and to pay the costs of the capital campaign. The Foundation paid the cost of the conceptual drawings for the proposed Onley location and the proposed Accomac expansion, as well as preliminary plans and environmental and engineering studies of the Parksley property. Together with $5,000 from the Town of Parksley, the Foundation provided the funds to purchase the Parksley property. In addition, the Foundation has received significant in-kind gifts for such things as legal services, graphic design and public relations services and office space. All funds raised in the capital campaign will be used to pay for the regional  library.