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GIFT POLICY FOR THE DENVER PUBLIC LIBRARY

Items will be added to the collection in accordance with the selection policy of the library.

The Denver Public Library welcomes gifts of new and used books, audio recordings, videos, DVDs, and similar materials.


Once donated, items become the property of the Denver Public Library and may be given to other libraries and non-profit agencies, sold, traded, or discarded if they are not added to the library's collection. Donated items will not be returned to the donor, and the library will not accept any items that is not an outright gift. The library also reserves the right to decide when a gift added to the collection must be withdrawn.

The library will acknowledge receipt of donated items but is unable to set fair market of appraisal values. It is recommended 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, 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 of $100 or more purchased with bequests and memorial or honorary contributions will be identified with donor plates on the existing donor recognition plaque. If requested, notification of memorial or honorary contributions will be sent to the family of the person being recognized. Suggestions for subject area or other areas of interest are welcome and will be followed to the extent possible.

Acceptance of donations of equipment, real estate, stock artifacts, work of art, collections, etc., will be determined by the library board based on their suitability to the 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.

Reviewed and Approved by the Denver Public Library Board of Trustees, March 9, 2009.