The James Reckitt Library Endowment, known as the James Reckitt Library Trust, was established by Sir James Reckitt in 1892. A registered charity, the Endowment was originally intended to support solely the James Reckitt Library, but today helps to develop public library provision throughout the city of Hull.
The Trust can only fund projects or activities that directly involve the public library service provided by Hull City Council.
The Trust is willing to consider funding proposals that involve partnership between the public library service and other organisations or funding bodies. Examples of organisations that have worked with the public library service on projects supported by the Trust include the Freedom Festival, the Children's University, the University of Hull, Hull History Centre, and Arts Council England.
The James Reckitt Library Trust has no connection with The Sir James Reckitt Charity, which was founded by Sir James in 1921 to support more general charitable causes that bring benefit to Hull and East Yorkshire.