WE WELCOME YOUR GIFTS!
Thank you for thinking of the Bellwood Public Library. We welcome monetary gifts to purchase library materials and also accept donated used books and non-book materials (such as DVDs) in good condition. Our professional staff evaluates gifts using the same criteria they use for purchased materials.
Donations can be brought to the Circulation Desk during hours the library is open. If you have a large donation (more than one bag or box of books), please call (708)547-7393 x 12 before coming to arrange a drop-off time. Upon request, the Library will be happy to provide written acknowledgement of your gift, but the staff does not appraise or provide valuations of gifts for tax deduction or other purposes. The establishment of the gift's value is the responsibility of the donor.
Once materials are accepted they become the property of the Bellwood Public Library and are subject to applicable Library policies. We prefer to receive current materials in very good condition. New bestsellers and children's books are especially useful.
We reserve the right to 1) add the donated materials to the collection, 2) give them to Friends of Bellwood Library for sale, or 3) refer them to other book donation programs. Professional librarians add or withdraw materials based on the Materials Selection Policy. The Library does not treat donated materials separately; the materials accepted will be shelved in the appropriate general collections.