Gifts and Donations
The Oelwein Public Library welcomes gifts of new and used books, audio recordings, videos, and similar materials. For a complete copy of this policy, please ask at the circulation desk.
Criteria for adding material include: timeliness, condition, and relevance to collection guidelines and policies.
Items in the following categories generally will not be added to the library’s collections:
Anything that is musty, moldy, damp, etc.
Scattered or single volumes of a multi-volume set
LP or cassette musical sound recordings
Titles which the library already owns
Unbound or boxed material
The library will acknowledge receipt of accepted items but is unable to set fair market or appraisal values. It is requested that the donor make a list of items donated. If items are being donated to obtain a tax benefit, it is the donor’s responsibility to establish fair market value or obtain expert assistance in establishing any value.
Monetary gifts in the form of bequests, and memorial or honorary contributions are particularly welcome. Funds donated will be used to purchase items in accordance with the selection policy of the library. Books, videos, and other materials purchased with bequests and memorial or honorary contributions will be identified with special donor plates whenever possible. If requested, notification of memorial or honorary contributions will be sent to the family of the person being recognized. Suggestions for subject areas or other areas of interest are welcome and will be followed to the extent possible.
Acceptance of donations and memorial items will be determined by the director and/or the library board based on their suitability to the integrity, purposes and needs of the library, laws and regulations that govern the ownership of the gift, and the library’s ability to cover insurance and maintenance costs associated with the donation. Recognition of monetary and accepted items in excess of $500 in value will be made at a centrally designated area of the library.