Financial donations can be made either to the Friends of Brooks Free Library or to the Library directly through the Board of Trustees. Contributions in “honor” and in “memory” of individuals and families may be made to the library to honor your friend or loved one. The Library sends a notice of the gift to the family of the person in whose honor or memory the donation is given.
Larger contributions may be designated to make ongoing purchases of materials, to purchase furnishings, or other equipment. Please note that these items will not carry a donor plate.
For more information on financial donations please contact our Executive Assistant at 508-430-7562 ext. 6 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book donations are selectively accepted during Bookstore Hours by Friends Board Members outside of the Bookstore Room.
Do not leave any book/dvd donations in the bookdrop or on the library’s steps. Items left as donations on days when donations are not accepted are being recycled/thrown away at this time. If you are looking for ways to give your book collection a new life, please consider recycling them at the local transfer station.
All proceeds from the sale of your donations support our Library programming.
Typically we can only accept donations of up to 20 items (or two small boxes or bags) at one time. If you have more than that, you can call the Circulation Desk (508-430-7562 ext. 1) ahead of time to make donation arrangements.
What we cannot take:
We wish we could take every book that comes through our door, but sadly we just don’t have the space. Over time, we’ve also discovered that some books don’t sell well in our bookstore. Here are the guidelines for what we can’t take:
- Dictionaries, encyclopedias, out-of-date travel guides, textbooks, condensed books– anything that may have been updated since it was published.
- Books with yellowing, dust, or spots on the sides of the pages. Even if the discoloring is only slight, books in these conditions just don’t move in our bookstore.
- Partially used coloring books.
- Books that have that musty garage or attic smell.
What we can take:
If your books match the following guidelines we would very happily take them off your hands! The general rule of thumb is “A current popular title in like-new condition”, but here are the key things we look for:
- Fiction or Non-Fiction
- In like-new or brand-new condition.
- Paperbacks without excessive creasing.
- Hardcovers with their paper jackets.
- Gently used children’s books.
If you have any questions about donating materials to the library, please contact us at 508.430.7562 ext. 1 and speak with a librarian.
If you are a local author and would like to donate a copy of your work, take a look at our special Local Author Collection.