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February 19, 2018

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Library Use Policies : Materials Donation

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Library Closed Monday, Feb. 19

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 19.

Materials Donation


The Seattle Public Library welcomes donations of books and other materials. The Library also accepts monetary contributions allocated for the purchase of Library materials. The Library reserves the right to determine the disposition of all gifts received.



All materials accepted for addition to the Library's collection become the property of the Library. These materials will be placed in the most appropriate location.

Materials that are not utilized in the Library's collection will be transferred to the Friends of The Seattle Public Library ("Friends"), a nonprofit organization, for inclusion in their book sales. All proceeds from the Friends' book sales are donated to the Library in support of the Library's mission and programs, and to otherwise enhance the Library's collections. The Friends may donate any surplus inventory to nonprofit entities that the Library has identified as contributing to its mission.



This policy applies to books and other materials donated to the Library, as well as monetary contributions allocated for the purchase of Library materials.



Administrative Procedure, Donating Materials to the Library.



Currrent version supersedes Materials Donation Policy adopted September 26, 2000.


ADOPTED:  April 22, 2015


Materials Donation Policy last revised Sept. 26, 2000.