The library has always been favored as a beneficiary of gifts. Since additions to the library's resources assist in carrying out the library's purpose, they are always encouraged and welcome.
Within the provisions of State and Federal Laws, the Reed Memorial Library Board of Trustees adopts the following policies:
1. Books and other materials will be accepted on the condition that the librarian has the authority to make whatever disposition is deemed advisable.
Materials selected for the Library's collections must meet selection criteria on the basis of literary quality and usefulness. Gift materials are screened by the same high standards as all other materials; therefore the Library's acceptance of a gift is not a guarantee that such gift will be processed into the regular collection and made available to the public. Such gifts as are found acceptable are catalogued and placed in their regular places on the shelves where they are most useful, rather than in a special gift collection. Special book plates are inserted to identify gifts and memorials, where requested; but with this exception, gifts are considered part of the regular collection.
By accepting and using such gifts, the Library assumes no special obligation to the donors. Gifts which do not meet the Library's selection criteria are disposed of in any way the Library sees fit, most often through the Library's annual book sale.
2. Gifts of money, real and personal property, and/or stock will be accepted if the conditions attached thereto are acceptable to the Board of Trustees.
If the Library is to be the recipient of a bequest from an estate, it is suggested that the donor discuss the terms of the gift with the library when making out the will. The more restrictions placed on a bequest, the more difficult it is for the Library to make good use of the bequest.
3. The library generally does not accept for deposit materials which are not outright gifts. Such donations will be considered on a case by case basis.