How to Contribute

There are many ways you can support your library. We welcome donations of time, books, money, and gifts. Read further to find out how you can help.

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.


Thank you for your contribution.
You Name It
The Adopt-a-Book program is a wonderful opportunity for you to share your interests with your community. Your tax deductible contribution will be used to purchase library material in the format and subject of your choice, when possible. Your name, or the name of someone you wish to honor, will appear on the bookplate in the books or items you purchase. You may also purchase a shelf or shelving section in the area you wish to support. You will be recognized with a nameplate on the shelves.
How do you adopt?
Complete the form and return it with your contribution to any Bartow County public library. When completing your form, please specify the library location where you want to place your book. Adopt A Book Form
Adopt Movies, Audio Books, E-books, and Downloadable Audiobooks
You may adopt movies, audio books, electronic books and other items circulated within the library system. Simply select the desired format on the form. You may also specify the department and subject matter you would like to adopt. If you choose to adopt fiction, please specify your preferred genre; otherwise we will purchase according to collection needs. You will be notified when your adopted book is ready for the library shelves or available online and given the opportunity to be the first to enjoy your contribution!
Adopt-a-Shelf or Shelving Section
You may choose to purchase a high quality collection of books to support literacy in our community. Each adoption includes a name plaque which will be inscribed and placed in the section of the library stacks, or shelves, in the department and subject area you select.
Gift Giving
Is someone on your gift-giving list difficult to buy for? Adopt-a-Book or Adopt-a-Shelf is a perfect idea for birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, graduations, or any special occasion. Easy…affordable…long-lasting…perfect!

Club Projects
Does your club or organization wish to help the community? Adopt-a-Book or Adopt-a Shelf is a great way to encourage literacy, support education, and more. We will send you a certificate of adoption to announce your gift.
Building a Better Library … One Book at a Time
100% of your tax deductible contribution will be used to stock library shelves.
Adopt A Book Form
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 fundraising.
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.

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.
The Bartow County Library System welcomes book donations. Please bring book donations in bags/boxes that you do not want. Bring donations to the Information Desk at least one hour prior to the closing of library business hours; do not leave donated books in return boxes or outside of library doors after hours. Ask the staff to give you a donation receipt for tax purposes (please note that staff cannot provide information as to the value of your donations.) All donations must be made with the understanding that the donated material becomes the property of the library system and that the library has the authority to make whatever disposition of the donated property it deems advisable. The library may sell the item for value and use the proceeds for any purpose appropriate to the library’s mission. All donations must be unconditional, transferring ownership and all rights of ownership to the library. Book donations must be made without reversionary clauses or restrictive covenants.

Although the Library accepts donations, we cannot use or resell:

  • Encyclopedias (unless very current)
  • Readers’ Digest Condensed books
  • Magazines or Pamphlets or any kind
  • Textbooks, instructional notebooks or binders
  • Extremely dated non-fiction
  • Nothing in poor condition (no mold, mildew, water damage)
Thank you for your contribution!