Donations of books and materials will meet the same criteria as purchased materials. The library retains unconditional ownership of all donations and will make the final decision on acceptance, use or disposition. The appraisal of the gift for tax purposes will be the responsibility of the donor, although the library can provide a receipt for the donated items.
The library will accept large donations of gently used books that have been properly stored with the understanding that the books will be evaluated for: 1) addition to the collection 2) potential for online sale to support the library 3) for sale in the library onsite bookstore and 4) to be included in book sales. Books that are in poor condition will be recycled or discarded.
When the library receives a cash gift for the purchases of materials, whether as a memorial or for any other purpose, the general nature of the subject area of materials to be purchased shall be based upon the wishes of the donor. However, the library staff, in accordance with the needs and selection policies of the library, will select the specific titles.
Specific collections and memorial collections shall not be shelved as separate physical entities and collections shall be accepted only with the donors understanding that the collection will be integrated into the general collection. Book plates may be used for memorial identification.
All gifts may be utilized, sold or disposed of in the best interest of the Library. When gift items are withdrawn from the collection, the Library will not notify the donor of the withdrawal. The Library will not automatically replace worn-out, damaged, or lost gift items.
The library is not able to accept:
Textbooks more than 2 years old
Magazines series collections such a National Geographic
Books that are dirty, musty, moldy or mildewed
Books with missing pages or pages that have been written on
Books on cassette
Any materials that would create a disposal problem