School Library Fundraisers

Mary Gormandy White
Fundraising Ideas
Fundraising Ideas

Are you looking for school library fundraisers? There are several things you can do to raise money for this important part of your favorite educational institution.

Ideas for School Library Fundraisers

There are many ways to raise money for school libraries. Since it's likely that other departments within your school will be holding fundraising events throughout the year, you may want to select a program with a theme specific to books and reading. Doing so can help you brand the event as a library fundraiser with the potential to become a signature event that you can sponsor on an annual basis.

Scholastic Book Fair

Scholastic Books has a formal fundraising program that can be a terrific choice for school library fundraisers. The company offers several book fair options, including events based on the ages and grade levels of the children who attend your school. Your library can earn up to 60 percent profit on books sold during the book fair, so this type of fundraising event can be an excellent way to raise a significant amount of money well as providing a convenient opportunity for students to build their home book collections. If you decide to host a Scholastic event, you'll receive a tool kit filled with materials and information you can use to promote and manage the event.

Used Book Sale

Holding a used book sale can be a great way to raise money for your school library. For this type of fundraising event, begin by requesting donations of gently used books from parents, students, teachers, and other potential donors and supporters within your community to build an inventory. Pair the donated items you receive with books from the library that are no longer needed and offer them for sale at bargain prices.

If you want to hold a used book sale, pick a date for the sale and encourage students, their families, and faculty members to market the event for you. You may want to hold a preview event after school one day, and then open the sale to the public for a few days to maximize sales. Advertise the open sale by distributing flyers throughout the community, posting the event on the school's website, and submitting press releases to the local media and online special event calendars.


Hosting a read-a-thon can be a great way to encourage pupils to read more books while also raising much-needed funds to purchase additional books an equipment for the facility, or to defray the costs of program's you'd like to implement. A read-a-thon works the same way as the popular walk-a-thon events that many charitable organizations sponsor on a regular basis. To get started, recruit students to participate in the program. All they'll need to do is keep track of the books they read during the event and solicit sponsors who are willing to make a donation to the library for each book the sponsored child completes during a predetermined time frame. To encourage maximum participation, offer prizes to participants based on the number of books they complete as well as the amount of money raised.

Magazine Fundraiser

Selling magazine subscriptions can be a great way to raise money for your school's library. If you're interested in hosting this type of event, register with,, or another company that offers a magazine sale fundraising program. Look for a company that provides you with access to sales support materials and flexible ordering and payment options.

Once you've chosen a provider, the next thing you will need to do is select a date range for your event and decide what types of prizes or other rewards you'll offer to participants with outstanding sales. You'll then need to recruit students and parents to participate in the fundraiser and provide them with the training and materials needed to sell subscriptions to friends, neighbors, co-workers, and others.

Raising Money for Your Library

Regardless of the type of fundraiser you choose, don't forget that the ultimate goal is to generate revenue to support the library. Be sure to train volunteers to talk about why the funds are needed and how the money will be used to help the library - and ultimately the students at your school. People in your community will likely be more inclined to participate and help if they know that the money will be put to good use helping the local school and the students who attend it.

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School Library Fundraisers