Support the Library

The Library is a hub of knowledge, culture, and communication. Without your loyalty and support, this free and accessible public service simply would not survive. The ongoing support of patrons like you determines what the Library is today and what it will be in years to come.


Your donation has the power to continue to provide excellent services for the Chelsea community now and in the future. Choose the type of donation and amount that’s right for you and help us continue to make a difference in the lives of our patrons.

General Donation

Because more than a quarter of U.S. households don’t have a computer with an internet connection.

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Program Donation

Because adding Minecraft to curriculum may inspire more future engineers than mathematics alone.

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Collection Donation

Because people need to see themselves in the books they read.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Because punctuation without imagination makes a sentence, not a story.

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Recognize or Remember Someone Special!

Let the memory of someone special live on through a donation to the Chelsea District Library.

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Provide a Permanent Source of Income

An endowment is the perfect way to make a difference during your lifetime and, at the same time, provide a gift that lasts forever.

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Create Your Community Legacy!

Impact your community with lasting gifts.

For more information contact Lori Coryell, CDL Director!

Support the Friends of the Library

Support those who support the library!

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Donors’ Privacy

The Chelsea District Library is committed to long term relationships with donors and handles 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.


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If you love the Library and aren’t yet part of the Friends group, now is a good time to consider joining. The Friends of the Library, made up of volunteers, raise money and increase public awareness  of the Library. The money raised supports important library services like summer reading programs, author events, special collections, and new technologies. Click here to find out how you can become a Friend of Chelsea District Library.

2018 Library Friend of the Year
image of 2018 CDL Friend of the Year recipient Bill Coelius

Each year, the Friends of CDL recognize a member who has gone above and beyond to support the Friends organization and the Chelsea District Library (CDL). This year’s recipient, a long-time library user and retired Chelsea High School teacher, is Bill Coelius. Bill taught at the Chelsea High School for over 40 years in the subjects of Public Speaking, Debate, Drama, and Radio Broadcasting. “Throughout my years as a teacher, I encouraged my students to take advantage of the resources at the Chelsea District Library,” Bill says. “My Advanced Speech students even gave speeches on local topics from the library’s front porch!”

Forty years and 10,000 Chelsea students later he retired. Encouraged by his wife Pat to help the CDL Friends with their monthly book sale, Bill found himself in charge of the Media section. He’s watched the technology of this collection change from cassette tapes and VHS to DVDs, CDs, and computer programs and games. “I never know what’s coming next, but it’s been fun,” exclaims Bill.

Bill is proud to be a Friend of CDL and one of the volunteers who have made the monthly Used Book Sale a significant financial benefit for the Chelsea District Library. CDL is certainly thankful to have the support of Bill as a Friend!