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Program Support the Library of Congress

Legacy Gifts

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden greets children from Brent Elementary school in the Young Readers Center, September 16, 2016. Photo by Shawn Miller/Library of Congress.

Including the Library of Congress in your will, trust or other estate plan is a meaningful way to create a lasting legacy that ensures people for generations to come are enriched by the nation’s greatest resource of history, culture, and imagination.

Ways to Support

A gift in your will or trust

Designating the Library of Congress as a beneficiary in your will or trust is simple, costs you nothing now and creates a lasting legacy for the nation. Learn more about how to make a future gift to the Library and download information on gift planning (PDF, 58KB).

Beneficiary designations

Your retirement plans, life insurance policies, and annuities can be used to create a lasting impact on the people who connect to our nation’s Library. To include the Library, contact your retirement plan administrator or life insurance company and complete their beneficiary designation form.

Qualified charitable distributions

If you are 70 ½ or older you can donate up to $100,000 directly from your IRA without income tax implications. Download our sample letter (PDF, 35KB) to fill out and share with your IRA administrator.

Sample gift language

“I give, devise and bequeath to the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., $_______ (or _______%) of my residuary estate for the general support of the Library of Congress.”

The Library of Congress is an agency of the United States government and gifts are tax-deductible under 26 U.S.C. 170(c)(1). Our federal tax identification number is 53-6002532

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Washington, DC 20540-1400

Tell Us About Your Gift

Have you already included the Library of Congress in your legacy plans? Please let us know! We would love to thank you for your gift. You can download our confidential gift intention form (PDF, 75KB) and return it to

If you have any questions or want to learn more about how to include the Library of Congress in your legacy plans, please contact Sara Karrer at or at 202-707-6150.

The information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor.

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