Spies Public Library
Policy on Gifts and Bequests
The Spies Public Library wishes to encourage widespread support of the public library ideal and its expression in solid community service to Menominee. It is understood that special gifts and bequests should not take the place of local government support or cost efficient use of current income, but should be made to enable the library to provide and enhance services in ways not financially possible within the current annual operating budget.
1. The library accepts gifts of books, pamphlets, periodicals, DVDs, videocassettes, art works and the like with the understanding that the library may do with them as it sees fit.
Gifts of materials may be added to the collection subject to the same principles and standards of selection as are applied to all materials added to the library’s collection.
Books may be donated to the library as memorials. Recommendations for titles or subject matter are welcome. A letter of acknowledgement will be sent to the donor and to the family of the person for whom the memorial was given. The book will be marked with a memorial plate.
A library that is used extensively by its public sustains losses through theft, mutilation, and ordinary wear. The library cannot guarantee that any gift will be part of the collection permanently.
2. The library encourages and welcomes cash gifts, endowment funds and bequests for purchasing books, other library materials and equipment for improving the library facilities, or for the benefit of the library staff.
The library will, of course, try to comply with the wishes of the donor of a gift, bequest, memorial, etc. However, the Library Board of Trustees reserves the right to decide if its purpose is practicable and in the best interest of the library.
The library encourages undesignated gifts, bequests, memorials, etc. Upon recommendation of the Library Director and approval of the Board of Trustees, funds received as undesignated gifts, bequests, memorials, etc. will be used at the discretion of the Board of Trustees.
The library has the right to refuse gifts and retains unconditional ownership of accepted gifts.
3. Library staff will not declare a dollar amount for the value of any donated