Gifts and Donations Policy

General Policy:

The Teaneck Public Library can only accept unconditional gifts. Any gift to which to the donor has attached conditions, terms, limits, purposes or restrictions (conditional gifts) will be considered by the Board of Trustees of the Teaneck Public Library. It is the prerogative of the Library Director and/or the Board of Trustees to accept or reject any gift.

Book (unrestricted donations):

Unrestricted donations of books, DVDs, CDs, and the like in good condition will be accepted providing the donor understands that the Library will make use of these materials however it sees fit. Most of these items will be either sold in the Friends of the Library book sale or to a private dealer, among other options. Due to space constraints, hardcover books are generally only accepted at the time of the Friends book sale. Upon acceptance, the Library will give the donor upon request a receipt for the books donated, however no dollar amount will be attached to this receipt, and this includes unsolicited or donated sectarian materials.

Money / Securities:

Unless otherwise designated, gifts of money, stocks, or securities may be accepted by the Library or the Friends of the Library as the donor sees fit. In the case of monies donated with a request to name a room or area or placed a commemorative plaque in the Library, the Board of Trustees of the Teaneck Public Library will rule on the appropriateness of the name submitted.

The only case in which the Board of Trustees of the Teaneck Public Library will not be involved in a conditional gift is when the monies are designated to purchase a book(s) in memory of or in honor of an individual or organization; the donor may select the subject of interest for the purchase of the book(s), but not the title(s). Professional librarians will make the book selection.

Objects / Artwork / Landscaping plants / Artifacts:

All gifts in this category must be approved by the Board of Trustees of the Teaneck Public Library. Upon acceptance the Library will give the donor upon request a receipt or written acknowledgment for the items donated; however, no dollar amount will be attached to this receipt.

Adopted 4/2/2015