The BIG Give

May 1-June 30, 2024

Image showing three smiling children in front of a library book shelf with the text 100% IMPACT and The BIG Give superimposed over it.The BIG Give is back and it’s BIGGER than ever.

Between May 1 and June 30, every single penny of your generous donation will go directly towards supporting programs and projects at Baltimore County Public Library.

That’s right – no overhead, no salaries, no fancy fundraising event expenses.

Just 100% IMPACT.

Your entire contribution will be dedicated to making a tangible difference in our community through the library’s initiatives, such as our award-winning efforts with long term lending in providing computers and secure, stable internet access for students, the elderly and other vulnerable populations. Through this work, the library is improving study environments, enhancing social interaction, making telehealth possible and simplifying online job applications.

Why is this significant? It’s simple. We believe in maximizing the impact of every dollar you entrust to us. By eliminating overhead costs and administrative expenses, we ensure that your donation directly translates into real-world benefits for those who rely on the resources and services provided by our library.

Baltimore County Public Library plays a vital role in fostering literacy, lifelong learning and community engagement. From early childhood literacy programs to adult education workshops, from technology access initiatives to cultural enrichment events, the library serves as a beacon of knowledge, creativity, and opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Your support through The BIG Give enables us to expand the reach and scope of these invaluable programs, enriching lives and empowering individuals to achieve their fullest potential as they explore, learn, create and connect.

America's Greatest Library Book CoverFor every gift received between now and June 30, the donor will be entered into a drawing to win an exclusive guided tour of the Library of Congress for up to six people and a copy of America’s Greatest Library: An Illustrated History of the Library of Congress—one entry per donation. (Some restrictions apply. See full contest rules below.)


Thank you to our generous community partners!

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and Shepherd Electric Supply and Wegmans.


Brews for the BIG Give logo - two beer steins on a barrelBREWS FOR THE BIG GIVE

You can also support us by joining us for one of our Brews for the BIG Give events at local breweries. Pooles Island Brewing Company in Middle River and BC Brewery in Hunt Valley are both generously donating 10% of their profits on select dates. Learn more.



On June 1, stop by our table at the Summer Reading Challenge Kick Off from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Cockeysville Branch to enter our pick-a-prize raffle.



Additionally, there are numerous pop-up events planned throughout the final week, June 24-29, at library branches with more giveaways.

  • Monday, June 24, 10 a.m.  – Woodlawn Branch
  • Tuesday, June 25, 2 p.m. – Lansdowne Branch
  • Wednesday, June 26, 2 p.m. – Pikesville Branch
  • Thursday, June 27, 2 p.m. – Owings Mills Branch
  • Thursday, June 27, 4 p.m. – Hereford Branch
  • Saturday, June 29, 10 a.m. – Towson Branch
  • Saturday, June 29, 3 p.m. – Cockeysville Branch




  1. The Library of Congress Guided Tour Contest (hereafter referred to as “the Contest”) is open to all individuals over 18 years of age who make a gift to Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library between May 1 and June 30, 2024.
  2. Donations of any amount made within the specified timeframe will qualify for entry into the Contest.


  1. Each donation made to Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library during the Contest period will automatically earn the donor one entry into the drawing.
  2. There is no limit to the number of entries a donor can earn; however, each donation is limited to one entry, unless otherwise specified.


  1. The drawing to select the winner of the Library of Congress Guided Tour will take place within one week of the Contest’s closing date.
  2. The winner will be selected randomly from all eligible entries received during the Contest period.
  3. The odds of winning depend on the total number of eligible entries received.


  1. The winner of the drawing will receive a guided tour of the Library of Congress for up to six people.
  2. Additionally, the winner will receive a copy of America’s Greatest Library: An Illustrated History of the Library of Congress.
  3. The guided tour will be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon date and time after the drawing.
  4. The tour must be scheduled for a Tuesday or Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. and will start at the Jefferson Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
  5. The winner will coordinate with the tour guide to schedule the tour.

General Conditions:

  1. By participating in the Contest, entrants agree to abide by these official rules and the decisions of Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library, which are final and binding in all matters relating to the Contest.
  2. The winner will be notified via the contact information provided at the time of donation.
  3. If the winner cannot be contacted within seven days of the first attempt to contact them, an alternate winner may be selected.
  4. The prize is non-transferable and may not be redeemed for cash or substituted except by Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library, which reserves the right to substitute a prize with one of equal or greater value if the advertised prize becomes unavailable.
  5. By accepting the prize, the winner agrees to allow Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library to use their name and likeness for promotional purposes without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.
  6. Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library reserves the right to cancel, suspend, or modify the Contest if fraud, technical failures, or any other factor beyond its control impairs the integrity of the Contest, as determined by Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library in its sole discretion.
  7. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.

Sponsor: The Contest is sponsored by Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library, 320 York Road, Towson, MD, 21204.

Contact: For any questions regarding the Contest, please contact Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library at 410-887-4483 or