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Monetary Donations

Monetary contributions to the Library support the purchase of books and other materials to maintain the Library’s status as a premier facility. Donations may be in the form of a memorial or tribute to an individual.

Donors may suggest subject areas for purchase if the gift is intended to improve the collection. While specific titles may be suggested, the librarian is charged with selecting an appropriate title that will best meet the collection development guidelines.

A general donation may be used for books, audio materials and programs. Your contribution may also be used for a chosen purpose, such as the Children’s Garden or membership in the Farmington Friends of the Library. Call (248) 848-4303 for more information.

All gifts will be acknowledged with a receipt. The staff member accepting the gift should obtain the name and address of the donor, as well as any information concerning a person honored or remembered with the gift. Acknowledgement is also sent to the person(s) requested by the donor, i.e., a bereaved family.

Your gift may be tax deductible, please consult with your tax adviser.

Memorials & Tributes

Tribute Collection: Tribute gifts are a thoughtful way to remember friends and family for special occasions. Your gift will greatly enhance Library collections and resources for our community.

Paver Tiles: A paver tile commemorating birthdays, anniversaries and memorials of your friends and family can be part of the walkway to the entrance of the Main Library, with prices starting at $200, depending on the length of the message.

Donors’ Special Collection: Major donations are recognized with the donor’s name engraved on the spine of a book on the bronze bookshelf at the entrance of the Farmington Hills location. Lifetime donations begin at $5,000 on the lower shelf, $10,000 on the middle, and major contributions on the top Endowment Shelf. Donations for the Farmington Friends of the Library section are $2,500 for the lower shelf, $5,000 for the middle, and major contributions for the top Endowment Shelf.

Endowment Fund: This is a self-renewing resource in which the gift’s principal is invested in perpetuity with a portion of the interest income used annually for a stated purpose.

Wills and Bequests: A planned gift to the Library offers an opportunity to create a meaningful legacy consistent with your personal values and financial objectives. An attorney, accountant or trust officer can provide assistance as you plan your gift.

Donations of Books, Materials, and Other Items

Donations of items are currently being accepted at the Farmington Hills location only. Please bring your donations to the Circulation desk or come through curbside pickup until 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday and  before 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The Farmington Friends of the Library accept donations of items for their ongoing Friends Book Sale. While we can take many items, we can’t give every book a good home.  Please refer to the following list for more information.

List of Items that the Friends accept:

  • Books in good condition (no mildew, age spots, smells, dust, debris, insects, loose pages)
  • Newer adult general and genre fiction in good condition, hardcover and paperback
  • Newer adult nonfiction in good condition
  • Children’s fiction and nonfiction books of all ages
  • Music CDs
  • DVDs

Desired Items:

  • Vinyl LPs
  • Anime
  • Manga/Graphic Novels of all ages
  • Books in non-English languages
  • Textbooks under 5 years old
  • Medical and law books under 5 years old
  • Puzzles (with all/most pieces)
  • Board games (with all/most pieces)
  • Gaming cartridges for all gaming systems
  • Very new fiction and nonfiction of all ages in good condition.

We cannot accept old textbooks, older test prep (older than 10 years), magazines, VHS tapes, or books in bad condition/smelly/ripped/mildewed/dusty/yellowed/water-stained.

Books that don’t fit these criteria can be recycled if they are paperbacks, and pages of hardcover books can be recycled. Refer to this page for instructions, or call Farmington Hills offices at (248) 871-2400 or Farmington offices 248-474-5500 for more information on curbside recycling of books.

Again, thanks so much from the Farmington Friends of the Library. 

Questions can be referred to friends@farmlib.org.