The Monterey County Free Libraries welcomes donations of books and
other materials that serve the mission of the library system. All
gifts are screened by the professional staff for their
appropriateness to the Library’s mission. The Library reserves the
right to accept only those gifts which the staff determines will be
of value to the library and to the community.
A donation made to the library, or any branch or program of the
library, becomes the sole property of the Monterey County Free
Libraries, which reserves the right to use, designate use of, and
dispose of that property.
The Library reserves the right to decline any
gifts. Items received will be handled by designated staff as
deemed appropriate, including, but not limited to, adding the
items to the collection, sending them to other agencies, using them
in fundraising events for the Library, or discarding them.
Because of space limitations and/or unsuitability for the
collection, the Library cannot accept some types of items,
including, but not limited to, the following: outdated or
inappropriate material, used textbooks, Readers’ Digest Condensed
books, old encyclopedias, and books in poor condition.
The Library also accepts donations of goods, such as furniture,
equipment, supplies, art, etc., reserving the right to accept only
those items that the Library determines to be useful to the library
system. Before accepting artwork that may become permanent or
semi-permanent fixtures in the library, like murals, sculpture,
etc., the project or item will be evaluated by an ad hoc art
committee, who will then make their recommendation to the County
Librarian. The County Librarian will be responsible for the final
decision. Committee members will be designated by the County
Librarian and will consist of Library staff and/or community
Monetary donations to the Monterey County
Free Libraries are welcome. The donor may designate a Library
branch, program, or area, to which the gift is directed.
Prospective donors of monetary gifts should be referred to the
County Librarian or his/her designee.
Upon receipt of donated goods, library staff shall offer the donor
a completed and signed Receipt for Donated Goods form. In
accordance with IRS regulations, the donor should establish
his/her own estimated value or have the item (s) appraised.
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