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Donating Books to the Teton County Library

We love to receive books from the community! Just bring them to the new Friends Book Nook in the lobby or inquire at the Main Desk.

Q.  What does the Library do with donated books?
A.  Donations provide us with many books for the Library’s collection. A Library staff person carefully examines all donated items and selects those that fill gaps in our collection. Any books that we choose to add to the collections must also meet our regular selections criteria as outlined in our Collection Development Policy.

Q.  Where does my book go if you don’t add it to the Library’s collection?
A.  Sometimes the donated item doesn’t meet the Library’s collection development criteria. Perhaps we already have enough copies of the donated title, or enough information of the subject, or it may not meet the information needs of our community.  If the Library can’t use the item, it gets passed along to the Teton County Library Friends. The Friends sort the items and put them into the new Friends Book Nook in the lobby of our library. Friends’ mission is to get as many books as possible into as many hands as possible for as little money as possible.

Q.  Can I get a receipt for the books I donate?
A.  Library Main Desk staff will be happy to give you a receipt for the number of items donated and the date of the donation. However, we are unable to quote a value for donated items.

Q.  What kinds of items does the Library like to receive?
A.  Most importantly, we like to receive current titles in excellent condition. These are the material we love to get:
• Current and former bestsellers in excellent condition, both fiction and nonfiction.
• Hardback classics in excellent condition
• Fiction paperbacks in like-new condition
• Children’s titles in good condition
• Historical materials related to Wyoming and Jackson Hole
• Current text books
• CDs
• DVDs

We are not able to accept:
• VHS, books on cassette tape or any homemade tapes of any kind
• Items in poor condition with torn pages, broken bindings, highlighted text, wet or mildew
• Outdated textbooks
• Back issues or runs of magazines. Please recycle at Jackson Community Recycling
• Reader’s Digest condensed books
• Our-of-date nonfiction, especially travel guides or technology

Q.  What is the difference between the Friends and the Foundation?
A.  The most important role of the Friends is to support the Library through volunteerism and advocacy. The main focus of the Foundation is to raise money from donors like you to make possible Library enrichments such as public computers, author visits, book clubs, summer reading programs and much more.