PS 1.7 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. Such disposal may include the Library donating books to the Friends of the Library for their book sales.  The library, or in the case of their book sale, Friends of the Library, may then use any proceeds derived from such disposal for library improvement or staff development, or special projects.

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.  If a patron or organization donates stock to the Library, the Fiscal Officer or Deputy Fiscal Officer will consult a broker to have this stock converted to cash upon receipt.

The board accepts and acknowledges gifts at each regular monthly board meeting.