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Donating

Fort Worth Library welcomes gifts of new or gently used books and other materials. All gifts become the property of the City of Fort Worth. Donations are evaluated by our professional selectors for addition to a branch, regional or Central collection. Donations not selected are subject to the process established by the City of Fort Worth for disposal of City property. Most items in good condition are transferred to the Friends of Fort Worth Public Library for their book sales. Proceeds from these sales directly benefit the Library.

Fort Worth Library will send donors an acknowledgment letter, but will not set a value on the gifts.

Donors are encouraged to drop materials off at the Friend’s Book Store in the Wedgwood Village Shopping Center. You may also bring gift items to any branch, regional library, or the Central Library. As most branches have very limited storage, please contact the branch before you bring materials to be sure they have space for them. All donated items must be boxed. Because gifts will need to be transported and stored, the Library will need to keep the box that you brought.

The Library cannot use materials that are outdated or in poor condition, and reserves the right to refuse them. Some items are given to the Library so frequently that your gift may be better used somewhere else in the community. Try calling nursing homes, hospitals, shelters and other organizations regarding donations of popular magazines, Reader’s Digest condensed books, National Geographic magazines, and older materials which may contain out-of-date information.

Memorials and Honorariums

The Fort Worth Library’s memorial brick program is no longer active. If you have a question about the location of a brick purchased in the past please contact the Central Library at 817-392-7701. When calling, please have as much information as possible in hand regarding the memorial donation.

The Fort Worth Library now encourages monetary donations for the purchase of materials for memorials and honorariums.

For a contribution of $25.00 or more, a book or audio visual item will be selected and a bookplate, inscribed with the name of the person being remembered and the name of the presenter, will be attached to the item. The presenter may request a specific subject matter, preferably in very general areas such as gardening, history, etc.

The Library will acknowledge the receipt of memorials and honorariums by sending a letter to the donor and a letter to family members or friends of the person being remembered or honored.

Checks should be made payable to Fort Worth Library and mailed to:

Acquisitions Team Leader
Fort Worth Public Library
500 W. 3rd St.
Fort Worth Texas 76102-7305

Please enclose names and addresses of persons to be notified.

Other financial donations may be made directly to the Library, to the Friends of the Fort Worth Public Library, Inc., or to The Fort Worth Public Library Foundation.

Also, please see the Library’s Genealogy, History, and Archives Donations section for information about donating local history or archival materials.

Gifts of money and materials should support the Library’s service priorities. The Fort Worth Library reserves the right to determine the best use for all gifts and assign or dispose of them appropriately.

Last updated: Jan. 26, 2015