National Women's Department
The Library Fund is a project sponsored by the National Women’s Department. The Library Fund’s mission is to provide religious reference and study books for the libraries of the Assemblies of God World and U.S. Missions Bible schools. The Fund is maintained from the sale of canceled postage stamps and contributions from churches and individuals.
Women’s groups coordinate the collection, preparations, and shipping of the canceled postage stamps. The stamps are sent to the National Women’s Department for marketing.
Churches receive “Assemblies of God Total Giving” credit for offerings given to the Fund. A value cannot be placed on shipments of stamps sent to the the national department to be marketed.
The Library Fund is a project that appeals to many local women’s groups because it does not require a large amount of finances or fund-raising.
Collecting Canceled Postage Stamps
- Promote the Library Fund in the church bulletin.
- Encourage the congregation to save canceled postage stamps.
- Place a container in the church lobby for members to place canceled postage stamps.
- Appoint a committee to sort and prepare stamps.
Preparing the Stamps
The method for preparing stamps helps to determine their value. Follow these steps:
- Stamps should be carefully trimmed with a 1/4-inch margin around the entire stamp or set of stamps.
Please do not cut the stamp.
- If the stamp is cut or torn, it should be discarded.
- Do not tear or peel stamps from the envelope or leave a large ragged piece of paper around the stamp.
Metered imprints are of no value and should not be saved.
- Discard stamps with extremely heavy canceled markings, those with pen or pencil marks, and those with obvious defects such as staple holes, held on with tape, etc. Stamps cut by letter openers and machines cannot be marketed and should be discarded.
- Leave stamps attached to very old post cards (pre-1950), as entire post cards are worth much more intact.
- Do not fasten stamps together with tape, rubber bands, thread, paper clips, or staples. Stamps need not be counted since they are sold by weight, not number of pieces.
- Shut-ins can be involved in the Library Fund project by trimming and sorting the stamps.
Sorting the Stamps
It is helpful if stamps are sorted into the categories listed. Place each category of stamps in a separate envelope or zip-top bag. Mark the category name on each envelope or zip-top bag. Then place all envelopes or bags into one large envelope or box for shipping. This reduces mailing costs.
Common Small USA Stamps
- All small (regular) stamps (including current first-class postal rate stamps).
- All postage due stamps
- All official mail stamps (red, white and blue with an eagle design)
- All small USA stamps issued before 1940
- All bulk rate, non-profit and pre-sort first-class stamps (no metered
Christmas and Love USA Stamps
- Some stamps in this category will be large and some small. All can
be mixed together.
Commemorative USA Stamps
- Large size stamps (about twice the size of regular stamps) issued to commemorate a specific subject
(Note: sorting is not necessary)
High Value USA Stamps
- Stamps of face value exceeding the current first-class postal rate
- All duck and other hunting stamps (please send the entire license)
- All express mail stamps
Worldwide (Foreign) Stamps
- All foreign stamps (including Canada and Mexico) of all values, sizes and countries mixed together (sorting is not necessary)
- Do not peel or soak stamps from the envelope.
- Leave complete as a unit.
- Stamps that “look different” from the rest of a similar issue could be ones with errors and should be separated from the mixture
for further evaluation.
It is unnecessary to separate stamps into individual designs, such as all flag stamps, all flower stamps and all bird stamps, etc.
Foreign stamps and commemorative USA stamps generate the greatest income for the Library Fund. However, there is great demand for all categories of stamps.
Sending the Stamps
Place sorted stamps into separate envelopes, baggies or boxes and place in one container for shipping to: National Women’s Department
Library Fund Project
1445 N. Boonville Avenue
Springfield, MO 65802-1894
Ship stamps by the least expensive method: parcel post (standard mail B) or UPS. Do not send by first-class mail—the cost of postage could exceed the value of the stamps. Only rare collections or albums should be insured.
Grants From the Library Fund
Assemblies of God World and U.S. Missions Bible schools are eligible to request grants for reference and study books for their libraries. The requests are channeled through the AGWM and U.S. Missions and granted as funds permit. Since the Fund was established in 1962, grants from the Library Fund have exceeded $77,000.
For additional information, call (417) 862-2781, ext. 4064. Mail a contribution to the Library Fund at the National Women’s Department or donate online at: contributions.ag.org.