Materials Donation Policy

Materials Donations PolicyPrintable Version

Thank you for considering the Marion County Public Library (MCPL) for donations. Donated materials must be in very good to excellent condition and must meet specific criteria to be accepted by the library. MCPL reserves the right to check all donations prior to acceptance.

Please note: acceptance by MCPL does not constitute the item(s) inclusion in the collection. Donated items may be catalogued and added to the shelves, placed in the Friends of the Library Book Sale, used as prizes during programs, or offered as free books to other institutions.

Acceptable donations:
• Popular fiction
• Local history and genealogy information (including both bound and loose items)
• New non-fiction (published within the last 3 years)
• Award-winning books (Newbery, Caldecott, etc.)
• Children’s books
• CDs and DVDs

Items unacceptable for donation:
• Encyclopedias and textbooks
• Software
• Items in poor physical condition, for example: broken spine, moldy, water damaged, mildewed, missing or yellowed pages, etc.

Gifts are accepted subject to the following:
a) The library retains unconditional ownership of the gift.
b) The library makes the final decision on the acceptance, use, or disposition of the gift.
c) The library reserves the right to decide the condition of display, housing, and access to the material.

The appraisal of gifts to the library for tax purposes is to be the responsibility of the donor.

Other suggestions for your unwanted materials:
Donations can also be made to either Goodwill (730 West Main Street) or The Caring Closet (221 West Main Street, #2). Donations can be made 24/7 at Goodwill in the outside bin, while The Caring Closet accepts donations during their hours of operation (692-1427 for more information).

Books can also be recycled at the Lebanon recycling center located at 331 Woodlawn Avenue.

Effective May 12, 2015.