Support the Library



Historical Tradition of Giving to the Library

The library’s very beginning as an association library in 1910 was made possible by the generous support and monetary donations of Caroline Baldwin Babcock and a group of like-minded Hudson residents.


Make a Legacy Gift to the Library

A gift to the library will add to this tradition and is an investment in the future of Hudson community and its citizens.


Leaving a Legacy Gift is Easy

Through planned giving, you have the ability to receive tax benefits. You can give to the library in many different ways:

  • Cash
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts
  • Retirement Plan Assets
  • Bequests through Wills/Trusts
  • Retirement Plan beneficiary designations
  • Life Insurance
  • Marketable Securities
  • Life Insurance beneficiary designations
  • Tangible Personal Property
  • Charitable Lead Trusts
  • Real Estate
  • Charitable Gift Annuities
  • Pooled Income Funds

For additional information about these Planned Giving options, visit the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations website. #24 Planned Giving: What You Need to Know


Give to an Established Fund

You can give any amount. Every gift to the library, regardless of size, impacts our community. Gifts can be directed toward one of the following funds:

Arts & Humanities

  • The Baldwin Babcock Fund
  • The Flood Family Endowment Fund

Local & National History

  • The Historic Endowment Fund

Women’s Studies

  • The Libby Walker Fund

Children’s Authors & Illustrators

  • The Children’s Literature Fund


Create a Named Fund

Any gift of $5,000 or more allows you an opportunity to establish a named fund in your name or the name of a loved one.


Memorial Gift & Recognition Gift for a Family Member or Friend

Tribute Gift Envelopes are available for contributions given in memory of a family member/friend or in recognition of a celebration event. The Tribute Gift Envelopes are found on site at the library and on the Donation page of the library’s website.


Restricted Gift for a Specific Purpose

Gifts can specify areas for the library, such as additional programming, speaker series, expanded collection in a specified topical area, etc.


Unrestricted Gifts

Gifts of any amount are always valued and allow library staff to enhance current offerings at the library.


Gifts in-Kind

Gifts of equipment, trees/landscaping, artwork, real estate and services useful to the library are greatly appreciated.


Unacceptable Gifts

The library reserves the right to refuse any gift that is not consistent with its mission.


Donors’ Privacy

The Hudson Library and Historical Society is committed to long-term relationships with donors and handle donor information with care and confidentiality. Donors’ names and address information will be collected with each contribution but personal information will not be shared with third parties. Also, if you wish to have your contribution remain anonymous, your wishes will be respected.
We are happy to discuss your legacy of giving with you or with your professional advisors. If you would like more information regarding the giving options, please contact E. Leslie Polott, Executive Director of the Hudson Library by e-mail at or telephone at (330) 653-6658.
Thank you for your interest in supporting the Hudson Library & Historical Society.

The Hudson Library and Historical Society is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, and donations to the library are tax deductible to the extent allowed by applicable law.