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Giving: Donations


Gifts (Donations) Policy

The Library will be glad to accept donations (gifts) of 30 or fewer books and/or DVDs.  We are not accepting donations of journal/magazine issues or other media such as videocassettes or CDs.  Gifts are accepted with the understanding that all ownership rights held by the donor are transferred to the Library, and that the Library may dispose of gift items in any way -- by adding them to the library collection, giving them to other libraries, selling them, or discarding them, among other things.

The Library does not accept large donations -- more than 30 items -- due to the high cost of processing and evaluating them. For donations of 30 or fewer books and/or DVDs, please contact Susanne Markgren, Assistant Director of the Library for Technical Services at, or 718-862-7997.

As the gift recipient, we cannot provide an appraisal of value for any items donated to the Library.  However, our standard practice is to send a letter of thanks that describes the donated items and indicates the market price of each item as found on Amazon Marketplace, Abebooks, or Alibris.  Some donors find that information helpful for tax purposes. This policy applies to gifts (donations) of books and other materials intended for the main library collection rather than the Archives.  If you have materials that may be appropriate for the Archives, please contact Amy Surak, Director of Archives and Special Collections at, or 718-862-7139.

For cash donations and funding opportunities, please contact William Walters, Executive Director of the Library at, or 718-862-7167.


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