Material Gifts & Donations

The library is grateful for gifts and donations of gently used and new materials in good condition. All gifts and donations of materials become property of the library. Gift materials that enhance the library's collection according to the selection criteria outlined in the collection development policy may be added to the collection.

Not all gifts will be selected for retention. If a gift is integrated into the collection, the library reserves the right to decide the conditions of display, housing, access, and withdrawal of material. Donated items in good condition that are not included in the library's collection will be placed in the Friends of the Library book sale.

All gifts and donations are final. Materials not added to the collection will not be returned to the donor. Donated items in poor condition, items the library does not accept, and items not sold in a reasonable amount of time will be recycled or discarded.

Items Not Accepted

The Library does not accept the following items:

  • Books and magazine with yellowed, torn and dirty pages, mold, grime, and bug damage
  • Books older than 10 years
  • Cassette tapes and VHS tapes
  • Compact discs and DVDs that are scratched and missing components
  • Computer Software
  • Encyclopedias
  • Magazines older than two years
  • National Geographic Collections
  • Records
  • Textbooks

Deer Park Public Library will not appraise gift materials for tax purposes. The library will, upon request of the donor, provide an acknowledgement of receipt of the gifts indicating only the number of items donated and a statement of the type of the materials donated (i.e. hardback or paperback books, DVDs, magazines, talking books).

Memorials & Honorariums

Deer Park Public Library accepts monetary gifts for the purchase of materials to serve as memorials and honorariums. Checks should be made out to the Friends of the Deer Park Public Library and accompanied by the appropriate form. The library does not accept physical materials for memorials or honorariums.

Patrons may suggest a subject area of interest for their memorial, honorarium, or monetary gift. Library staff will then select materials from that subject area that best meet the mission and purpose of the collection development policy. Bookplates with an appropriate inscription will be provided for memorials and honorariums. Patrons will be notified when the library receives materials purchased with their donation. Once a memorial, honorarium or monetary gift for the purchase of materials is made, it becomes the property of the library.