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Financial Donations

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

To make a tax-deductible donation to the Friends of the Library, please click the “Donate” (via PayPal) button, or email the Friends at

To donate directly to the Library, please contact the Library Director.


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 (authorized, not ripped copies)
  • 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
  • Bootleg copies (i.e. ripped media)

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!

Adult Library Volunteers

The Gates Public Library is now accepting applications for Adult (18+) Library Volunteers. With this volunteer program we hope to use the skills of those in our community to help supplement our staff’s efforts in providing the best experience possible when they walk through our doors.

As a volunteer you will be integral in us achieving our mission every day. Each task you complete will support our staff in giving the community everything they deserve in a library. Under the supervision of professional staff you will be tasked with an array of assignments we hope you find meaningful.

Interested in giving your time and talents to the Gates Public Library? Fill out the adjacent form and we’ll contact you with more details.