The Bartow County Library System welcomes gifts and donations to the library system. All donations become the property of the library system, giving the library the authority to use the donation as best fits the library’s mission.

Art, Photographs or Collectibles
Although the Library System is not an art gallery and has limited space for exhibition, it does accept some donations of works of art, photographs or collectibles. Gifts of artwork by local artists Dot Myers, Amanda Carder-Lovett, and Margaret Mines presently hang in the Cartersville Public Library. Pandora, the bronze statue in the circulation area is a much cherished gift of Margaret Knight’s family.

The Library System welcomes memorial gifts. These items can be in memory of a loved one or they can honor a special occasion, such as the birth of a child. The donor may adopt an item in the library collection; request that a specific item be purchased as a memorial or request that the System select something as an appropriate memorial. Requested materials will be evaluated by the Collection Development Committee using the same criteria for selection as other purchased materials. Memorial items will remain at the library to which they were donated.

Monetary Gifts
The Library System welcomes monetary gifts. To enrich the Libraries’ collections and avoid unnecessary duplications, the Library Director and/or Collection Development Committee will select the materials to be purchased. Monetary gifts are also used for special programs, technology items, and other items which enhance library services.

Prize Items
The library system and Friends of the Library welcome donations of items to be used as prizes for summer reading programs, special programs such as Mystery Dinner Theater, and for use for fund raising.

We are delighted to receive gifts of service! These services include, but are not limited to building repair and maintenance, IT services, landscaping and lawn maintenance. A big thank you to Einstein Web Design for designing the new website!!

We provide a lot of public classes and programs and your expertise might be what we need. Past examples include author and bird enthusiast John Yow’s presentation on birds of the Southeast, Dr. Ed Bostick’s program on reducing your carbon footprint, and Katie Hurley’s Kindermusik programs. Share your knowledge and skills with your community at the library.

The Board of Trustees of the Bartow County Library System may accept donations of real estate to the System. Any real estate donated to the Library System may be used in any manner deemed appropriate by the Library System and may be sold at the discretion of the Board of Trustees.

Tax Information
The Bartow County Library System is a public agency and has been recognized as a 501(c) (3) charitable organization by the Internal Revenue Service. Donations to the Library System are tax deductible. Donations of property or services will be acknowledged by the Library System, but cannot be valued by the System. Valuation of the donated property is the responsibility of the donor. The donor has the responsibility for obtaining information about IRS requirements regarding claiming donations on tax returns. If the IRS requires written substantiation of the donation, it is the donor’s responsibility to request this information from the Library System.