The County Library System welcomes donations of print and non-print materials that are in good condition and meet its selection criteria for the collection. All gift materials are accepted with the donor’s understanding that, if the items are not added to the collection, they will either be given to the Friends of the County Library for sale or be recycled. Proceeds from the Friends’ sales support Library collections and programs. Gifts to the member libraries that are not added to their collections are subject to be sold at their own book sales, for they have tax-exempt status.
The County Library counts on donations of popular current titles in hardback to meet demand. Hard-to-find and rare books, particularly those with regional or local subject matter, are most welcome. The Library does not accept textbooks, abridged titles or Reader’s Digest books and has limited use for most periodicals. Upon request the Library provides donors with a gift receipt. Library staff will not appraise donations nor indicate a value in the acknowledgment. Those making a substantial donation receive a thank you letter.
The County Library offers a variety of options for monetary gifts to the collection. At the Circulation Desk, there is a folder containing suggested titles that patrons can buy for the library at the library’s discount. Donations can be made directly to the County Library with the designation of materials budget, but those who want to take a tax deduction should make their donations to the Library Foundation. Patrons who express interest in making donations are provided information about the Book Endowment Fund.
Book Endowment Fund: The Shenandoah County Library Foundation established a Book Endowment fund in 1998. The value of the fund is over $300,000. Income from the endowment supplements the County Library’s material budget. Donations of $500 or more result in the purchase of a book every year with a memorial bookplate. The Foundation’s vision was to establish donations to the BEF as the preferred County-wide manner of memorializing individuals.