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Gift Policy

Policy regarding gifts.

    The Stanhope Public Library welcomes gifts of library materials, money, or real property. These gifts help enrich and improve public library resources. Within the provisions of the state laws, the Board of Trustees adopts the following policies:

o    All gifts of articles, books, rare items, etc., donated to the Library shall become the property of the Library and shall be used, displayed, or disposed of as the Board deems fitting and proper.

o    Used books and paperbacks can often be used in the library’s collection. Items not needed by the library are sold at the book sale. Generally, the library does not accept textbooks or books in poor physical condition.

o    The Library may or may not accept donations of specialized collections. A decision will be made on an individual basis by the Library Board of Trustees, based on the recommendation of the Library Director.

o    All gifts are tax deductible and the library will furnish (upon request) a statement for tax purposes, but does not place a financial value on items.

o    No gifts are accepted unless given to the library without restriction. All gifts may be utilized, sold or disposed of in the best interest of the library. All donations are accepted only if the Library Director feels they can be utilized by the library.

o    Books and other materials will be accepted on the condition that the Library Director has the authority to make whatever disposition he or she deems advisable.

o    Gifts of money, real property, and/or stock will be accepted if conditions attached are acceptable to the Library Board and to the City Council.

o    Personal property, art objects, portraits, antiques, and other museum objects will not be accepted unless approved by the Library Director and the Library Board.

o    The Library will not accept deposit materials which are not outright gifts.