Donations and Gifts Policy


Monetary donations to the Library for the purchase of a new book or books, are popular as a means of honoring or remembering a loved one.  It is helpful if broad subjects (such as gardening or baseball) are suggested, so that an appropriate item may be selected.  The book that is purchased will have a bookplate affixed, which indicates both the person being honored and the name of the donor.  Contact the Library’s Administrative Assistant for more information.


The library will accept books and materials only if they are in excellent condition.  Many of them will be sold through the Library’s Book Store.  Selected items may be added to the library’s collection.  All proceeds from the book sale are used to enhance the programs and collections of the New Providence Memorial Library. 

These items will not be accepted:

            Items that are tattered, yellowed, musty, stained

            Items that are highlighted, written in, or that have loose pages

            Books previously discarded from libraries

            Paperbacks that are obviously worn


            Encyclopedia sets

            Readers Digest Condensed Books

            Computer software and computer manuals

            VHS tapes

Donations that are welcome include:

            Books about New Providence or New Jersey history

            Recent fiction/nonfiction books in excellent condition

            Paperbacks that are like new

            Children’s books in excellent condition

            DVDs in excellent condition

            Music CDs in excellent condition

            Audiobooks in excellent condition

After checking the materials with the circulation desk staff, items should be brought to the bottom of the stairs.  The library will not affix a value for income tax purposes to any gift accepted; this is the responsibility of the donor.  The library staff will, on request, provide a form to record the number of books, DVDs and audio books for the donor’s records.

Approved September 20, 2005;  Revised September 19, 2017

At long last..

.....we are starting to circulate our collection again!

We are very happy to be back and allowed to offer contactless pickup service.  Materials will be circulated from a table behind the front doors.  Holds can be placed for items not currently available and now you can also request items that are on the shelf.  Place holds and requests through the online catalog or call us.

There are some limitations so please be sure to check else where on this site for the complete list of instructions.  

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