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Gift Books and Materials Acceptance

Branch managers may accept gifts of books, magazines, and audio and video materials in the name of the County Librarian. Once accepted, they become the property of the Tulare County Library. The Library will select from the materials those which are suitable for library purposes and discard or donate to charitable organizations the remainder of the items. No gift can be accepted under the condition that it be added to the collection, or remain in any one branch forever. Books may be assigned or transferred to other branches as needed, or they may be discarded.

Gift items to be considered for adding to the collection must meet the following criteria:

  • They must be in like-new condition.

  • They must not be missing the dust jacket

  • They must be free of:

    • stains,

    • torn or loose pages,

    • highlighting or underlining,

    • personal names or book plates,

    • yellowed or yellowing pages.

  • They cannot be book club editions.


Gifts from Friends groups and other organizations must be cleared in advance with the County Librarian.

All gift subscriptions must be cleared in advance with the County Librarian.

The County Librarian may approve the inclusion of bookplates in significant donations, including memorial gifts or materials especially selected or purchased for the library.

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