Get Involved

Financial Donations

Your financial support is tax deductible and helps support library programs and new services for people of all ages.

Your Time

The Friends of the Gates Public Library are able to sustain their fundraising activities thanks to the many volunteers who donate their time. We can use your help, whether you looking to volunteer weekly, or only have a few hours to give here and there. Some of the volunteer opportunities include sorting donated books, stocking the bookstore, and planning and staffing the book sales.

For more information on volunteer opportunities, please email or attend one of the monthly Friends of the Gates Public Library meetings.


Due to limited storage space and staff/volunteer time, the library is only able to accept new or gently used materials. The library accepts no more than 2 small bags of donations from any donor. We prefer books published in the last 10 years, in nearly new condition, but will take older books in nearly new condition.

When in doubt: “If you wouldn’t give it to a friend, please don’t give it to your library.”

The Library accepts:

  • Hardcover and paperback books
  • Discarded books from other libraries
  • Magazines
  • DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks on CD
  • LP Records & Vinyl Records
  • Games and puzzles

Tax receipts are available upon request.

The Library CANNOT accept:

  • Any materials that are musty, dusty, dirty, water-damaged, highlighted, stained, or in poor condition
  • Encyclopedias
  • Textbooks
  • VHS tapes, cassettes
  • Computers, printers, or software

The Monroe County Ecopark offers a recycling program for Soft & Hardcover books. Softcover books ARE accepted for recycling curbside and at the ecopark. Hardcover books are NOT recyclable curbside but ARE accepted at the ecopark during regular collections. To recycle hardcover books curbside, cut pages out of the binding.

Without your quality donations, we could not stock the bookstore or book sales with salable items. Sometimes your donations will be added to our library’s shelves if the librarians can use your books to augment the library’s collections. So thank you for thinking about the Friends of Gates Public Library when you wish to downsize your print or non-print materials!