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Gifts and Donations

The Santa Monica Public Library welcomes gifts of books, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks to enrich the Library's collections. An appointment to drop off donations at the Main Library can be made with Library staff. To schedule an appointment please call (310) 458-8600 or email reference@smgov.net. Library staff are available to assist you from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The Library does not accept donations of magazines. Library staff or volunteers cannot pick up donated materials from residences or businesses.

All donations are carefully reviewed by a collection manager librarian to determine whether they meet needs within the Library's Collection Policy. The Library reserves the right to refuse restrictive gift conditions and to transfer donations not added to the Library's collection to the Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library for inclusion in their used bookstore at the Main Library. Proceeds of the Friends Bookstore sales are used to benefit the Library.

Gifts are acknowledged with a receipt that indicates the number and general type of items being donated. The Library cannot make a determination of the value of the donation or act as an appraiser pursuant to The Tax Reform Act of 1984, Sec. 155a.

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