Giving to Forbes Library

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Monetary contributions are always welcome. Forbes Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all donations are fully tax-deductible. You may give to the general fund or target your donation to any area of the library, such as Children's Services, the Hosmer Art Gallery, Reference, technology, books, music or videos, programs, renovations, or any area you choose to support. Checks can be mailed to the Business Office, Forbes Library, 20 West Street, Northampton, MA 01060. If you wish to donate materials or services, please phone 587-1017 to explore the possibilities.

Donate Online

You can give to Forbes Library online via our secure PayPal site. Click the "Donate" button at left to proceed. If you want to name a specific purpose or honoree for your gift, there will be a link to do so after logging in to PayPal.

Donating Books and Media

December 16, 2011: Due to space limitations we are not currently accepting donated materials for the Arts & Music or Children's sections.

Forbes Library accepts donations of new and almost-new books, books on CD, and DVDs in excellent, clean condition to be considered for addition into the collection or for the ongoing book sale. The library staff evaluates for acceptance into the collection by the same criteria for which materials are selected for purchase (see Materials Selection Policy). The library reserves the right to make the final decision on all gifts received.

All gifts accepted into the collection will become the property of the Trustees of Forbes Library and are retained or disposed of according to the Collection/Weeding Policy. Gifts not accepted into the collection may be sold at the book sale to benefit the library, donated to a charitable organization, or discarded. The library does not accept textbooks, outdated items or items in poor condition. The library does not accept gifts which come with specific expectations or obligations set by the donor which are different from our standard gift policy.

The library can accept up to one bag of donations at a time. These items may be brought to the main desk or we would be happy to help you with them. Donations in larger quantities need to be pre-arranged by calling the Circulation Dept.'s main desk at 413-587-1011 x2.

Forbes Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and contributions are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law. Here’s a list of other places you can donate books.

Receipts and Valuation

The Library will provide a receipt for all donated materials. However, Forbes Library is not a certified appraiser and can not provide you with a dollar value for your donation. You may speak with a Reference Librarian or the Department Head of the subject area of your donated goods to assist you in locating print and electronic sources for you to determine the tax value of the items.

Here is a listing of some helpful internet sources for determining the value of used books: Used Book Values

For more information about donating to Forbes, please see "Gifts" in our Collection Development Policy.