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Leave a legacy

What’s your legacy?

Our libraries are safe and welcoming spaces that support and enhance people’s lives every single day. Choosing to leave a gift to us is a great way of celebrating your love and passion for libraries and literature.

Leaving a legacy for us will help us to make sure that libraries are around for future generations. Your support will enable us to reach and engage with even more people and improve their lives through our life-changing services.

A gift in your Will could be directed towards an area that interests you, such as your local library, supporting the children’s reading programme, maintaining the care of a collection or it could be an unrestricted donation, allowing us to direct your gift to where it is needed most – having an impact on libraries as a whole.

If you have any questions or want to talk to us about any aspect of leaving a gift in your Will, please email our Legacy Manager.

The difference a Legacy gift can make

Braunton children's libraryLegacy donation breathes new lease of life into Braunton’s children’s library.

Thanks to a generous legacy gift from a regular customer at Braunton Library, and with additional support from the Friends of Braunton Library Friends, the children’s library underwent a complete refurbishment. The space is now bright, welcoming and comfortable and is busier than ever with children and families enjoying the facilities. The library customer loved the library and wanted future generations to continue to benefit from a high-quality library service for many years to come.

Local author, Claire Barker, officially opened the new children’s library. She said: “We are so lucky in Devon that our libraries are not only surviving, they are thriving as this new and beautiful dedicated children’s library proves. This safe space is for the thinkers of the future, the fiction adventures and the non-fiction pioneers. Do not underestimated the significance of this. This is nothing less than a space dedicated to the people that will change our world. So a big congratulations!”

A representative from the Friends of Braunton Library said: “Our children’s library is now a wonderful welcoming space for children and their parents. It is full of light and colour and every child that comes in (and the odd adult!) dives straight into the enclosed seating area to experience the feeling of reading in a totally safe space. Younger children now have excellent access to books, parents have a choice of comfortable places to sit and groups like Bounce and Rhyme can use the space more easily. A generation of children and their parents have benefitted hugely from the legacy and we are very aware that we need to do all we can to encourage children to make full use of the library, both now and in the future.”

How you can remember us in your Will 

We recommend that you speak to a solicitor when making your Will, or if amending your existing Will (by adding a Codicil), to ensure that your wishes are carried out in the way that you want them to be. You can find a local solicitor through the Law Society.  

We have described the different ways that you can leave a gift in your Will below with some suggested wording.  

  • A Pecuniary Gift – a fixed amount of money decided by you.  

I give to Libraries Unlimited of Exeter Library, Castle Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3PQ (a charity registered with the Charity Commission for England & Wales no. 1170092) the sum of £____________ for its general purposes and I declare that the receipt of an authorised officer shall be full and sufficient discharge to my executor 

  • A Residual Gift – a gift of the remainder or a percentage of your estate after all debts, taxes, expenses and other bequests have been made.  

I give to Libraries Unlimited of Exeter Library, Castle Street, Exeter, Devon , EX4 3PQ (a charity registered with the Charity Commission for England & Wales no. 1170092) ___________ percentage of my residuary estate for its general purposes and I declare that the receipt of an authorised officer shall be full and sufficient discharge to my executors. 

  • A Specific Item – an item of value to our collections.  

If you are considering leaving a specific item, please discuss your plans with us before you commit them to your Will as this will help us plan the care of our collections.  

  • A Gift To An Individual Library 

We recommend that you bequest your gift to Libraries Unlimited and state the name of your chosen library, and we will ensure your gift is spent in the correct way. This is because a gift to your local library could incur Inheritance Tax and Corporation Tax. 

To find out more about leaving a gift in your Will to support our libraries in the future, please email giving@librariesunlimited.org.uk 

Libraries Unlimited believes…

…in the unlimited potential of library services to make a positive difference to people’s lives and communities through a shared love of reading and access to high quality information and facilities.