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McCord Memorial Library Annual Appeal

Though the majority of our funding comes from tax dollars, the library must also raise funds each year in order to continue serving the community as we do. As an independent library operating outside the umbrella of the Erie County Library System, we must show financial support from local residents in order to maintain state funding.

Although times are tough, any contribution you make to ensure the excellence of McCord Memorial Library in the future would be very much appreciated.

Matching Gifts

Many employers, including GE, National Fuel, and Verizon will match on a dollar-for-dollar basis, effectively doubling your gift to McCord! So please ask your employers if they participate in such a program.

McCord Recycles Empty Inkjet Cartridges

Most of us have inkjet printers at home or at work. Next time you have an empty cartridge, don’t throw it away – bring it into McCord! Just put it in a Ziploc bag or the original box and drop it into the recyclable box in the lobby.

McCord Library then boxes the empty cartridges up and sends them off to a recycling center for cash. Everyone benefits as your used cartridges are recycled without causing harm to the environment and the library receives cash from your donation.

Used Items Donations

We will begin accepting used books MARCH 1st

All items dropped off before this date will be discarded


There is a large donation box in the lobby by stairs and drinking fountain where patrons can donate items to McCord. If we are not able to use the items to fill gaps in our collection we will put them out for our book sales, which earn money to be used by the library, or donate them to schools, VA, and other organizations and libraries.

Most importantly, we like to receive current titles in excellent condition (poor condition items do not stand up to processing and circulation).

Here are a few samples of items we love to receive:

  • Current and former bestsellers, both nonfiction and fiction
  • Hardback classics and fiction paperbacks
  • Children’s titles
  • Historical materials related to North East or Erie County
  • Unabridged Books on CD, both nonfiction and fiction
  • Feature films – DVDs and music CDs of popular works in good condition

We take these books and either add them to our collection or put them in the book sale

Items we can’t use are:

  • Textbooks
  • Encyclopedias (more than 5 years old)
  • Back issues or runs of magazines (ex: National Geographic)
  • Condensed books (ex: Reader’s Digest)
  • Dated non-fiction (ex: medical texts, old diet books)
  • VHS tapes

We have to discard these items