Donating to the Library

Materials Checklist

While donations are appreciated, the library cannot accept all materials.  Please use this checklist to determine whether or not to donate an item.

The following items will not be accepted:

  • Items not legally owned by the donor

  • Items in formats that are not also available in the library

  • Medical books

  • Materials from other libraries

  • Magazines older than 6 months

  • Encyclopedias

  • Moldy, musty, odorous, or water damaged items

  • Dirty items

  • Items marked by pens, pencils, crayons, or highlighters

  • Physically damaged items

Donating Materials

Gifts of books and other materials to the library are appreciated and use of gifts will be determined by the staff.


Gifts are tax deductible. However, donors must appraise the value of items themselves as library staff is unable to perform value appraisals.


Receipts are available upon request.


The library staff reserves the right to decline gifts and decide when a gift added to the collection will be withdrawn.

Due to Iowa law,

All donations are final.


The library welcomes people who are interested in helping promote the mission of the library. 


There are many ways to serve.  Having a corps of dedicated volunteers is helpful not just because of the work they do, but because it frees up library employees to pursue other duties and projects.

Tasks that may be performed by a volunteer include, but are not limited to:

  • Shelf reading

  • Shelving material

  • Special projects

  • Light cleaning

  • Working the front desk

  • Basic cataloging

  • Filing

  • Special events


Want to make a difference at the library and socialize with great people?


Donating Money

The Library encourages the interest and involvement of citizens and organizations through bequests, trusts, and donations of monetary or other tangible assets for Library purposes.

Special gifts and bequests do not take the place of public support, but rather enable the Library to provide and enhance services in ways not financially possible within the current municipal operating budget.


Ways to Give Monetarily to the Library

Not sure which option is the best for your donation?

(319) 462-2183

(319) 462-5349

600 E 1st Street, Anamosa, IA 52205