The Duluth Public Library welcomes
gifts of materials from individuals, publishers and organizations.
Please be aware of the following guidelines:
- Gifts made to the Duluth Public
Library become the property of the library. Gift materials are
evaluated according to the same collection policy and standards
that govern the acquisition and retention of purchased materials.
- Materials accepted as gifts
and not added to the collection will be sold, donated to the
Friends of the Duluth Public Library for sale in support of the
library, or discarded.
- The library provides gift acknowledgments
on request, but will not appraise the value of gifts.
- Gifts added to the collection
are a means of replacing out-of-print materials, providing additional
copies of popular and high-demand items, filling gaps in subject
coverage, and an alternative means of acquiring materials that
would otherwise have been purchased. Gifts will not be used as
the sole or principal means of developing any collection.
- Gifts given as special collections
or memorial collections will not be shelved as separate physical
entities. Such collections will be accepted only with the understanding
that they will be integrated into the general collection. The
only form of memorial identification will be the library's gift
- When the library receives a
cash donation for the purchase of materials, the general nature
or subject area of the materials to be purchased will be based
upon the wishes of the donor. Selection of specific titles, however,
will be made by the library staff in accordance with the general
- All gifts of cash or stock will
be subject to City of Duluth policies and procedures.
- Other alternatives for donations
include the Friends of the Duluth Public Library, which raises
funds for immediate library needs, or the Duluth Library Foundation,
which is building an endowment for the future. Both are 501(c)3
The Duluth Public
Library's policies are subject to change without notice.
Adopted October 2011
Duluth Public Library Board
Duluth Public Library, 520 W. Superior St., Duluth, MN 55802