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CHAPTER 13: Collection
COMPUTER ID: CD-4
Title: Donation Policy
Effective Date: 11-24-86
Authorized By: Library Board of Trustees
Date of Last Revision: 5-2015
Effective July 1, 2015
The purpose of this policy is to establish guidelines for accepting donations made on behalf
of the Marathon County Public Library. This policy applies to monetary donations as well as
donations of materials given on behalf of the library.
Marathon County Public Library is grateful for the ongoing support of the community it
serves and welcomes donations. Individuals and groups may give monetary donations to
the Friends of the Library or the Library Foundation. These organizations will distribute
funds to the Library as needed. Donors are welcome to recommend subject areas, but in
order to maintain the integrity of the collection, collection development specialists will
choose materials. The Library will choose specific titles in accordance with the Collection
Development Policy (13.01 a b) and the needs of the Library. Donations greater than $500
for a specific project or program at the Library require consultation with Library
All donations of materials will be given to the Friends of the Library to distribute as
appropriate. The Friends of the Library will select items for review by Marathon County
Public Library staff that will be considered as additions to the library collection. MCPL Staff
will make determinations for addition based on the criteria outlined in the Collection
Development Policy (13.01 a b).
The Friends of the Library have established guidelines for accepting donations. Many of the
same standards will be applied to donations as are applicable for purchased materials.
Primary criteria include:
Timeliness (created within the last 5 years).
Scope - Items geared toward the general public; non-academic titles.
Relevance to MCPL's mission statement and collection development policy
ITEM NUMBER: 13.04 b
Outdated, yellowed, damaged or musty items will not be accepted. The Friends of the
Library do not accept the following items:
Video cassettes (VHS/BETA
Cassettes (spoken word/music) Text Books
Any Annual Publication older than
Once items are donated, books and non-print materials become the property of the Friends
of the Library. The Friends of the library and MCPL reserve the right to use and dispose of
the donated items in a manner most beneficial to the Library. Common dispositions of
1. Addition to the collection
2. Disposition through the Friends of the Library book sale
3. Gifts to other libraries
4. Contributions to local charitable organizations
5. Made available for recycling
The Friends of the Library and MCPL are unable to appraise donations for purposes of
income tax deductions. Such appraisals are the responsibility of the donor. The Friends of
the Library will acknowledge receipt of materials on an appropriate form.
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