Donations Policy

Gifts and Donations

The library welcomes citizens and organizations to support its service program through contributions of book or non–book materials for library collections, contributions of appropriate gifts that will enhance the library’s physical environment, and bequests, trusts, or donations of monetary or other assets for library purposes.  Materials and equipment given to, and accepted by, the library shall become the sole property of the library to be managed as the Director or his or her designee deems appropriate.  The library is unable to furnish appraisals of donated items, and reserves the right to refuse any donation.

The library may accept gifts of miscellaneous books or other materials with the understanding that items not added to the library’s collection will be disposed of at the discretion of the library. The library may then use any proceeds derived from such disposal for library improvement or staff development.

Patrons or organizations who wish to donate gifts of a more specific nature, such as works of art, furniture, equipment, special collections, and real property, shall be referred to the Director who, in consultation with the appropriate committee of the Board, will determine whether or how to accept such gift. If a patron or organization wishes to donate funds for specific purposes, the amount and nature of the expenditure must be approved by the Board before the gift is accepted; items so purchased become the property of the library and may be disposed of accordingly.

Acceptance of cash donations of $100 or more requires Board approval. The Board accepts and acknowledges gifts at each regular Board meeting.

Memorial Donations

The library accepts monetary donations from patrons who wish to purchase materials in memory of a loved one.  Memorial materials are selected to reflect the taste and interest of the community and the persons honored. The Director has the ultimate decision about any given book, since it is important to maintain a balance in the total collection.  Donors should be aware that these books are submitted to the standard weeding procedure of the library.  Memorial information will also be included in special memorial binders.