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Book Donation Requirements

Will Be Considered: 

  • Paperbacks (mass market) – 3 years or newer
  • Hardcover fiction and trade paperback/softcover fiction – 5 years or newer
  • Children’s books – 5 years or newer
  • Local histories or books with local interest/importance - ALL
  • Computer-related topics – 2 years of newer
  • Government, science, medical, law – 3 years or newer
  • History or literature – 5 years or newer
  • Annual travel guides or annual publications (e.g., Guinness Book of World Records) – current year
  • Cookbooks – 10 years or newer
  • Other non-fiction topics (including Biographies and Memoirs) – 5 to 10 years or newer
  • Audio-Visual:  Jackets, inserts and cases must be in mint condition and must not have stickers or labels from video stores or other organizations. Stickers and labels must be removed or covered. 

Not Accepted

  • Old book series
  • Cassette tapes
  • Videocassettes (VHS/Beta)
  • Abridged versions of audiobooks
  • CD-ROMs
  • Wii, Xbox360, Nintendo DS, PS1, PS2 or PS3 games
  • Magazines


Marigold Library Systems assesses all items donated for consideration. All items must be in pristine condition. The donations that you provide will be evaluated and may or may not find their way into our collection. They may alternately be accepted for inclusion in the collection of another Marigold Library or saved for our annual fundraiser sale.