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Donating

Local History Materials

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

Memorials and Honorariums

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

For a contribution of $25.00 or more, a book, ebook, audio visual or other digital item will be selected and a bookplate (if applicable), 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 Supervisor
Fort Worth Library
500 W. 3rd St.
Fort Worth Texas 76102-7305

Please enclose names and addresses of persons to be notified.

The Fort Worth Library’s memorial brick program is no longer active.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.

Other Financial Donations

The Fort Worth Library welcomes monetary donations even if they are not for the purpose of memorials and honorariums.

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

Acquisitions Supervisor
Fort Worth Library
500 W. 3rd St.
Fort Worth Texas 76102-7305

You may also make a financial donation directly to the Friends of the Fort Worth Public Library, Inc., or to The Fort Worth Public Library Foundation.

New or Gently Used Books and Other Materials

The 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 subject to the process established by the City of Fort Worth for disposal of City property. Items in good condition are transferred to the Friends of the Fort Worth Public Library to be sold online. Proceeds from these sales directly benefit the Library.

The Library provides donors a receipt, but will not establish the gifts’ value.

Beginning Dec. 1, 2017, five library locations will accept private donations. These libraries will accept no more than two boxes (19” x 14” x 10”) of donations per customer each month. The following libraries will accept private donations during normal operating hours:

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 the 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.

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: Nov. 27, 2017