Policy for Gifts/Donations to the Etowah Carnegie Public Library

The Etowah Carnegie Public Library welcomes gifts of books, periodical subscriptions, works of art, media, other educational materials and equipment, and money for the purchase of library media materials and equipment or adding to the Library endowment.

Materials and equipment are accepted with the understanding that the item(s) meet(s) the standards in the library’s Selection and Acquisition Policy.

Regardless of the donation source, it is essential that we protect the health and safety of our volunteers, patrons, and staff and maintain the quality of the materials. Therefore, we request donations meet the following guidelines:

Acceptable items (must be in good condition with no evidence of damage including missing, brittle, yellowed pages or covers, broken bindings, smoke or water damage, mold, smell musty, stains, bug infestation, have a strong odor of tobacco or other strong odors, improper storage, tears, scratches or gouges):

  • Books (hardcover and paperback), published within the last 10 years
  • Movies and audiobooks (DVDs and CDs)
  • Music CDs
  • Children's books
  • Magazines (published within the last 2 years)

We accept certain materials within specified limits:

  • Price guides and almanacs (current only)
  • Encyclopedias (complete sets only, less than 25 years old)
  • Medical and financial advice books (less than 5 years old)
  • Travel guidebooks (less than 5 years old)
  • Computer manuals (less than 5 years old)
  • Textbooks (less than 10 years old)
  • Test preparation guides (less than 5 years old)

Unacceptable items:

  • Any item that is dirty, musty, mildewed, or otherwise in poor condition
  • Books or audiovisual materials more than 10 years old
  • Damaged books with broken bindings, missing, brittle or yellowed pages or covers, soiled, musty or moldy, with smoke or water damage, with excessive writing or highlighting in the text, stains, bug infestation, have a strong odor of tobacco or other strong odors, improper storage
  • DVDs and CDs with scratches, holes, or gouges
  • Clearly outdated materials
  • Magazines (bound or unbound) with pages or pictures missing
  • Non-commercially produced media (CD-R, DVD-R, self-recorded)
  • Computer software (more than 2 years old)
  • Workbooks or study guides with missing pages or that are partially or wholly filled in

Gifts are irrevocable; those weeded from or not added to the collection may be disposed of as the librarian deems appropriate.

The Library Board or librarian reserves the right to determine appropriate use, housing, and maintenance of gifts.

The librarian will not appraise gifts. A donor may request a receipt for the number of items donated.

Donors will be supplied with appropriate statement regarding any monetary donation which is tax deductible.

Any item or display left in excess of thirty days becomes the property of the library unless otherwise stipulated.