The Merriam-Gilbert Public Library welcomes gift books, materials, and other items of a permanent nature with the understanding that the gift will be evaluated in accordance with the criteria and objectives by which purchased materials are judged. Donations become the property of the Merriam-Gilbert Public Library and will be utilized at the discretion of the Library Director. While every effort will be made to assist patrons with their donation, depending on the time of day, staff availability, or other circumstances, help may not be immediately available to lift or move donated materials.
In general, donated items will be put to one of three uses:
- They will be assimilated into the collection
- They will be given to the Friends of the Library, who will add the items to their Book Sale
- They will be donated to Big-Hearted Books, an organization which provides donated items to those who can enjoy them.
Library staff cannot be expected to provide an appraisal of donated material. The appraisal of a gift to the Library for tax purposes is the responsibility of the donor. The acceptance of a gift that has been appraised by a third and disinterested party does not in any way imply an endorsement of the appraisal by the Library. Upon request, donors will be provided a “Donated Items Receipt” form that they can fill out to acknowledge the gifted materials.