The Arkansas City Public Library gratefully accepts gifts and donations.  Gifts and donations are given to the library voluntarily by individuals or organizations without compensation or restrictions.  All gifts become property of the library.

 Material donations

In accepting gifts of books or materials, the library reserves the right to decide if donated materials should be added to the library’s collection.  Each addition must meet the standards of the selection policy for library materials.  Gifts which are not placed in the library’s collection may be placed in the Library book sale, sent to booksale partner Better World Books, given to other institutions, or disposed of by library staff.

 Monetary donations

If requested by the donor, the Library will be honored to select appropriate titles in memory of a relative, friend, or pet, as indicated on the donation form.  A gift plate will be added to each purchased item with the name of the person being honored.

In accepting gifts of money for library materials memorials, the library reserves the right to select materials which will add to the value of the collection.  If specific books or items are donated or requested by the donor, these items will be reviewed for relevance to the Library’sMission Statement and collection development goals as is the procedure for all materials selection.  If specific items requested or donated by the donor or the conditions attached to them are found to be unacceptable by the Library Director or the Library Board of Trustees, the gift will be refused.

Library materials purchased as memorials may be removed from the collection based on normal procedures for managing the Library collections, and should not be considered permanent additions to the Library collections.

Arkansas City Library Building Fund

Contributions to this fund will be reserved for building construction, renovation, and maintenance of current and future Library building(s).

Arkansas City Library Endowment

Funds will be used to ensure the future of the Library, helping with technology and other major purchases as needed.

Arkansas City Library Children’s Fund

Funds will be used to support youth services programming.

Other donations

The Library Director will refer decisions about all equipment, art, or other unusual donations with significant policy implications to the Library Board for consideration.


A receipt for tax purposes will be given when requested for any donation.  The library cannot and will not affix a value to the material(s) donated.


Donors will be recognized for their contributions.

Approved by ACPL Board on June 5, 1991; Revised March 8, 2010.