Donations and Gifts

Donations of new or gently used books, videos, DVD’s, music CD’s, and audiobooks are always welcome. All donations become the property of the library. The library reserves the right to utilize donated materials in whatever way best benefits the collection. Donated items are examined for their currency, physical condition, and usefulness to the library’s collection. Donations may be added to the collection, given to The Friends of the Library for their book sale, passed on to other libraries, or discarded if necessary.

The library does not accept:

  • Materials in poor condition (i.e. musty, moldy, damp, falling apart, etc)
  • Textbooks
  • LP records
  • Newspapers
  • Pamphlets
  • National Geographic Magazines
  • Reader’s Digest condensed books
  • Encyclopedias

For tax purposes, the donor is responsible for obtaining an estimate or appraisal of the donated materials. The library is unable to assess the value of these items.

Making a monetary donation to the library for the purpose of purchasing new material is an excellent means of honoring or remembering a loved one. It would be a unique birthday or anniversary gift, or a long-lasting memorial of a deceased person. In order for an appropriate item to be purchased, suggestions of subjects of interest to the honoree should accompany the donation. Any item that is purchased can have a bookplate affixed which indicates the person being honored and can list the name of the donor.


This policy adopted by the Clear Lake Public Library Board of Trustees on August 2, 2005.


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