Book Donation 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