Library Funding

Many people find it difficult to understand the funding for the Bainbridge Public Library.  When libraries first appeared on Bainbridge Island they were funded and set up by the local community using rummage sales and small fund-raising events (in the early 1900's known as "Silver Teas").  Today the library building and grounds are owned by the Bainbridge Island community (BPL) and the operation and maintenance are solely supported by the generosity of volunteers and donations.  Property taxes of Bainbridge Islanders go to the Kitsap Regional Library system (KRL) and pay for the books, library staff, and administration throughout the county (9 libraries). 

2015 Library expenses

2015 Library Operating Expenses

In 2015 expenses for BPL were what was necessary to keep the doors open, the lights on, the heating/air-conditioning system working, the building clean, the gardens and grounds in tip-top condition, and the roof from leaking. BPL's Board of Directors is all-volunteer and there are no overhead or administration expenses.

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2015 BPL Income

2015 Bainbridge Public Library Income

In 2015 82% of BPL's income came from individual donors, One Call For All donors, and foundations. Included with the individual donors, in 2015 BPL received a bequest from the Charles Hawk estate. Without the generosity of the Bainbridge Island community, the library doors would not stay open.

Thank you!

BPL's IRS Filing: Form 990
Each year Bainbridge Public Library files an IRS Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax. This is a public document and anyone can access and read our annual filing on, the gold standard for charity and non-profit information and evaluation. Here is our most recent filing on Guidestar.  You can also simply search Guidestar by entering Bainbridge Public Library in the Guidestar search bar.
Library Finances

Bainbridge Public Library (BPL), which manages the building and grounds of the library, is a 501(c)3 organization established in 1962 when the first stage of the existing library was built.  As a non-profit organization, it is registered with the IRS and the State of Washington.

As mentioned above, each year BPL files an informational tax return (Form 990) with the IRS.  Our financial records and books are audited or reviewed annually by an outside CPA firm.

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