Tax Check off logo Maine Public Library Fund State Income Tax Check-off


Support Maine Public Libraries by donating via your Maine Income Tax form using Schedule CP Charitable Contributions and Purchase of Park Passes. Donating $5 or more is this easy.


  • Go to your Maine Income Tax form - Form 1040ME
  • Locate Schedule CP which is used for voluntary charitable contributions to any of the organizations listed. [Schedule CP is also used to purchase a park pass for entry into Maine State Parks].
  • Look for Maine Public Library Fund in section A.
  • Choose to donate _$5 _$10 _$25 or more.
  • Maine taxpayers using the I-File system will also see the Maine Public Library Fund on the Schedule CP voluntary contributions page.
  • If you have any questions, see Maine Revenue Service (MRS) or consult your tax advisor.

Instructions for individuals who use TurboTax or H&R Block

How do these funds help?


Spring 2017 Grants Awarded

Library Name Amount  Grant description
Winter Harbor Public Library $500 Develop a children’s summer reading program
West Paris Public Library $500 Fund staff attendance at conferences for professional development 
Palermo Community Library $500 Fund staff attendance at conferences for professional development 
Vassalboro Public Library $500 Fund first time attendance to the Maine Library Association Conference 
Skidompha Public Library $500 Training for Children's Librarian for yoga programming
Kezar Falls Circulating Library $500 Develop a community garden program for educational purposes to help alleviate food insecurity
Parsons Memorial Library  $500 Provide first time paid performer during summer reading celebration 
Millinocket Memorial Library $1,000 Develop a community film program with partner, Our Katahdin
Bowdoinham Public Library $1,000 Fund a portable bookshelf of acclaimed picture books that will be made available to Maine school and public libraries for monthly loan. Each book in the collection features the immigrant, refugee, or “new arrival” experience.
West Buxton Public Library $1,000 Develop a makerspace and creative play area
Martha Sawyer Community Library $1,000 Develop a Lego architecture club where teens could come and learn building methods and learn together.
Acton Public Library $1,000 Create an outdoor StoryWalk  family literacy project
Brooksville Free Public Library $1,000 Funder participation in a national leadership institute
Windham Public Library $2,500 Expand and enhance educational technology tools for the Children’s Room
Rockport Public Library $2,500 Purchase a state-of-the-art Virtual Reality (VR) Station to develop programming leveraging educational materials from NASA, Lecture VR and Discovery VR and to provide patrons access to this exciting new technology.
Berwick Public Library $2,500 Develop a teen/tween robotics club
Jay-Niles Memorial Library, Jay $5,000 Create a Makerspace Center at the Jay-Niles Memorial Library for Tweens and Teens where they can create, invent, and learn.

In November 2016 grants were awarded to 17 public libraries.

Congratuations to the following grant recipients!

Auburn Public Library $500 Presentation of the documentary “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age” for the greater Auburn community. 
Blue Hill Public Library $1000 Purchase of scanning equipment and software to digitize archive & museum collections which will expand access to these valuable historical resources.
Brewer Public Library $1000 Expand and improve StoryWalk  project (fifth year of operation). Funds will be used to purchase books for the project, and necessary repair materials.
Henry D. Moore Library $500 Purchase the robots Dash and Dot, some accessories, and an iPad to teach basics of computer programming
Ivan O. Davis-LIberty Library $500 Fund  an afternoon for children from Liberty with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra Quartet Orchestra Quartet.
Julia Adams Morse Memorial Library $2500 Purchase four portable shelving units to convert space to a more flexible, multi-use computing, display and programming area.
Kennebunk Free Library $1000 Expand and improve our Saturday Story-Time at the Kennebunk Farmers’ Market. 
Louis B Goodall Memorial Library $1000 Purchase materials to start a LEGO Club at the library. 
Madison Public Library $500 Purchase the Dash and Dot robots and some of the accessories for use with our summer programs.
Merrill Memorial Library $500 Host children's author Sarah Tompson for a book group discussion and writing workshop. 
Orono Public Library $1000 Purchase an AWE Early Literacy Station, a computer preloaded with educational software geared for younger learners, ages 2-8.
Portland Public Library $500 Fund professional development for technical services to learn and apply Lean Six Sigma principles, tools, and strategies.
Rangeley Public Library $1000 Fund adult computer literacy classes with the goal of being a community technology education center.
Rumford Public Libray $5000 Develop a makerspace for middle schoolers to enhance the YALSA college and career readiness program by applying knowledge in hands-on exploration. 
Shaw Public Library (Greenville) $500 Purchase materials and a camera to allow our community members to engage and interact with our beehive  to realize the importance of  beesto our ecosystem. 
Thomaston Public Library $1000 Fund  Discover and Learn at the Library! - a six part series of contracted programs for our children and families.
Witherle Memorial Library $1000 Funds will be used to bring Sunday concerts to Castine including classical, folk, electronic and a variety other musical genres. 


Help promote the tax check-off in your community

You can use the following files to promote the tax check-off in your library or elsewhere in your community:

Visit the library resource page for more information on how your library can spread the word about the Maine Public Library Fund income tax check-off.

Background on the Maine Public Library Fund check-off

The second session of the 125th Maine State Legislature approved adding a “Maine Public Library Fund check-off to state income tax forms. The following is a quote from the law Sec. 1. 27 MRSA Subsection 8:

“…The fund is administered by the State Librarian. All money deposited in the fund and the earnings on that money remain in the fund to be used to provide grants to free public libraries for use in providing services identified as priority services by the State Librarian…”

Priority will be given to grants that benefit all or a significant number of Maine public libraries.