Support, Donations, Bequests
Donate cash or noncash gifts directly to the Library of Graham by completing a gift form at the end of this page. Your financial donations may be exempt. Your donations support the library programs and resources for all of Graham’s citizens. Thank you.
The Library of Graham accepts donations of money to enhance library services through the provision of additional materials and services, as well as non-cash gifts of books and other materials. Gifts of money are the management responsibility of the City Finance Office and the librarian director. The City Manager and Library Director has ultimate responsibility for decisions regarding what gifts will be accepted.
For books and other materials for the collection
This is a gift of cash made specifically for the purpose of buying books and other library materials (e.g., CDs, DVDs, periodicals, etc.) for the collection. Donors may designate the gift for adult materials, children/youth materials or materials in other languages.
For library services & program support
This is a gift of cash for general support of library services and programs. The City Librarian will determine the best uses of these funds.
While the Library welcomes gifts designating funds for specific audiences or types of materials in the collection, designating funds for specific book titles cannot be accommodated.
Donors of $500 or more may request that bookplates acknowledging their gifts be affixed to books whose purchase was made possible by their gifts. Book plates are one per every $100 donated.
All gifts of money will be acknowledged.
Donations are accepted with the understanding that the library has the right to determine the disposition of gift items. Materials not added to the library’s collections are utilized for the library’s in-house book sales (the proceeds of which are used to fund library programs) or may be shared with other appropriate institutions as part of the Library’s Community Redistribution Program.
Due to the large volume of gifts received, the library cannot acknowledge, track, or return unsolicited items received from publishers or individuals.
Gift materials will be added only if they fall within the guidelines of the LOG Collection Development Plan and the library’s goals and objectives. LOG applies the same standards of selecting gift materials to be added to its collections as it does when select materials for purchase.
Examples of materials that may not be added to the collection include those that: are outdated, are in poor physical condition, lack any reviews or are poorly reviewed in professional reviewing sources, or are duplicates of items the library already owns in sufficient quantity.
The library cannot accept magazine subscriptions purchased by the donor.
Prior to accepting a large collection of materials, the donor shall provide the library with sufficient information about the collection so that the library may identify resources required for cataloging, processing, preservation and archiving of the materials. The library shall consider these details for the existing collection as well as the details for its continuation, such as selection and addition of materials and continued funding. In many cases a Deed of Gift and/or a formal written donation agreement may be signed before the library accepts a large collection.
The library is not legally permitted to appraise the value of a non-cash gift. Donors who wish to have an evaluation of their gifts for tax purposes are referred to the IRS Publication 561, Determining the Value of Donated Property, and Publication 526, Charitable Contributions. If the value of a gift exceeds $500, the donor must submit a list giving author, title, place, publisher, and date of all items and must complete the current edition of IRS Form 8283, Noncash Charitable Contributions. When the value exceeds $5,000, the donor must obtain an independent appraisal; the donor, appraiser and the library must all sign IRS Form 8283. The donor pays for the cost of the appraisal, an expense that may be tax deductible. Because the library is considered an interested party in the transaction, the IRS will not approve an appraisal made by the library.
Please print the form below, fill in, and include in your donation to the library.