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Gifts and Donations to the 
Princeton Public Library

     All gifts and donations to the Princeton Public Library are administered by the Trustees of the Goodnow Memorial Building in accordance with their mission statement. The Trustees strive to approve gifts that are compatible with Library policies, the donor's intent, and applicable laws. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


​     Gifts of cash, real estate, and securities are used for materials, programs and building maintenance NOT included in the Library's normal operating budget approved at Town Meeting.


     In your will, you may designate either: 

  1. an outright bequest which would benefit the Library immediately or

  2. an endowment bequest which would be invested in long-term funds which are preserved in perpetuity and managed by the Trustees. Only the income from these funds is spent - the principal remains intact. Endowment gifts of $10,000 or more may be named funds. Gifts of under $10,000 will go into the Princeton Public Library Endowment Fund. 

    For more information regarding bequests, click here.​


     The decision as to the acceptance of tangible gifts (such as furnishings, equipment, or artwork) shall be made by the Trustees and with the advice of the Library Director. Among the criteria upon which the decision shall be based is need, space, impact on Staff time, and expense and frequency of maintenance.

     Donations of books will be accepted as outlined in the Materials Donation Form (Addendum 2).

     No tangible gifts are accepted unless given to the Library without restriction. All gifts may be utilized, sold, or disposed of in the best interest of the library.

     The appraisal of a gift to the Library for tax purposes is the responsibility of the donor. A receipt will be provided upon request of the donor. 

     For more information, contact the Chair of the Trustees of the Goodnow Memorial Building.

Accepted June 14, 2022

Addendum 2



     Gifts to the Library are always welcomed. Donations of various materials broaden the collection and/or help replace lost of damaged materials. 

     The Library always reserves the right to add gift items to the Library Collection, sell the books a the Friends Annual Book Sale, give them away as gifts, or discard/dispose of them based on their relevance to the Library Collection and in compliance with the Library's collection development policy. Items to be added to the Library's collection will be added at the Library's convenience. In general, magazines, textbooks, any abridgements and materials in poor condition are not considered for addition to our collection. These materials will usually be discarded if donated. 

     Donations may be acknowledged if a donor's name is provided and requests acknowledgement. The Library will not provide title by title lists of donated materials, nor will it appraise the value of a donation or pay for such an appraisal. Acknowledgement will include the number and type of materials donated (e.g., 5 paperback and 10 hardcover books).

     Please click to print the form for donating materials

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