Donated Items Policy

Mentor Public Library is responsible for the initial review or screening of all donated materials brought to the library or otherwise donated for the Friends of the Library Book Sale. Materials which upon receipt are found to be too deteriorated for use or sale will be discarded immediately. All donated items remain the property of the Library until they are discarded, recycled, sold at a presale or sale, or given to a charity by the Library. A designated staff member or members may select books and other materials for the Library’s collections or programs in accordance with the Library’s established selection policy, or for use by Library staff in their programming activities, and at the staff member’s discretion, may also select materials to offer to other area libraries for their collections. Pre-screening, review or sale of the items for personal use or for the use of any other persons, agencies or institutions will not be permitted. Any materials not selected through this pre-screening process by the designated library staff members will be stored for the book sale. As the items are being sorted and readied for sale, designated Library staff may pull items for inclusion into the Library’s collection or programming activities.

The Friends of the Library Board may authorize the sale of books and related materials to FOL book sale volunteers and library employees during the sorting process before the book sale.

Upon request, the Friends of the Library may also authorize specific persons, agencies, or institutions for charitable purpose, to select materials at no cost for their collections during the sale. Disposal of the remaining books after the book sale should be timely with regard to accommodating the space designated for storage purposes.

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