Policy 5: Library Donations

Donating to the Library

  • Donated items are evaluated for acceptance under standard library system collection development guidelines.
  • Donations are accepted at all Santa Rosa County libraries during normal business hours ONLY.
  • Donations that are not placed in the library collection will either be given to the Friends of the Library groups or used for the library system's outreach program.
  • Library managers will evaluate materials to see if they meet the needs and criteria for addition to the library collection.
  • Library materials may not always be placed inside the library to which the materials were donated.
  • Materials donated to and accepted by the library system become the exclusive property of the library system.
  • Not all materials donated to the library system will be added to the library's collection.

Acceptable Donations

Acceptable donations include the following items in good condition:

  • Audiobooks on CD
  • Blu-rays
  • Classic literature
  • DVDs
  • Fiction books
  • Non-fiction books published within the last two years
  • Playaways

Unacceptable Donations

Unacceptable donations include:

  • Cassettes
  • Computer software and games
  • Encyclopedia sets
  • Homemade copies of any type of media.
  • Items in poor condition that are: 
    • Mildewed
    • Moldy
    • Soiled
    • Water damaged
  • MP3 CDs
  • Outdated non-fiction
  • Readers Digest Condensed books
  • Textbooks
  • VHS

A brochure that includes criteria for suitable donations is available at each library or online.