Community Contributions to the Library

  • Community Contributions to the Library

Community Contributions to the Library


Gifts and Donations

Gifts to the Library are welcomed and, where a special need arises, may be actively sought.

Gifts of money or stock may be accepted with conditions attached, if those conditions are consistent with Library purposes and formally accepted by the Library Director, after receiving counsel from the Town’s Finance Director and/or Town Manager, as appropriate.

Gift objects or artifacts will not normally be accepted.  Donations of books or other like library materials may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. 

If no conditions are attached, the library must be free to use, sell, display, or eliminate its property according to prevailing goals, needs, policies, and priorities.  Conditions attached and formally accepted will be scrupulously honored.

Appraisals on gifts-in-kind for tax purposes cannot be furnished by the library. The value of gifts-in-kind shall be determined solely by the donor.

Books and other library materials purchased from gift and memorial funds are marked with appropriate book plates.

At the donor’s request, a plate identifying the donor or person in whose name or memory a gift has been given may be placed on the donated piece of equipment. To insure uniformity in content and appearance, the library will purchase and mount plates as requested.

The Library reserves the right to refuse any gift that is not consistent with its mission and goals. 



The East Hampton Public Library uses volunteers to enhance public service to the community. Volunteers provide important support services to the staff and/or work on special projects.

Volunteers are selected based upon their qualifications, availability, and the needs of the library at any given time.  Volunteers may be selected by the Library Director or his or her designee based on a completed volunteer application form and interview. 

Persons who seek a specific number of volunteer hours at the Library to meet a requirement set by an outside agency are subject to the above selection process and all other provisions of this policy. 

Any adult volunteer whose duties include working directly with children may be subject to a background and criminal history check.    


(Approved by the Library Advisory Board 12/4/17. Approved by the Town Council 12/12/17.)

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