Athens-Limestone Public Library

Athens-Limestone Public Library


Monetary Donations

Monetary donations should be given through the Athens-Limestone County Public Library’s supporting Library Foundation.

For questions or additional information, please contact the Foundation at

You can also visit the Foundation’s website at

Donating Books and Other Items

COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to health concerns, we are limiting the number of donated items we accept.

*Donations are limited to about two shopping bags full per household.

Donations will be kept in an isolated room and quarantined for one week before behind handled by staff or sold in our used book sales.

The Athens-Limestone Public Library accepts:

  • Hardcover and paperback books
  • DVDs
  • CDs
  • Audiobooks

The Library accepts donations anytime. Please remember to bring donations in bags/boxes/bins that weigh less than 50 pounds. It is against OSHA regulations for staff and volunteers to lift any box that weighs, or appears to weigh, more than 50 pounds.

Please, do not place materials in the book returns or leave them outside the Library’s doors.

For any questions, call us at (256) 232-1233 or email Linda of the Friends of the Library at

The library cannot use the following materials:

  • Magazines
  • Cassette tapes
  • VHS tapes
  • Encyclopedias more than 5 years old
  • Books that show excessive damage, including water damage, mold, and dust
  • Books that have obvious insect damage, including spider webs
  • Books that smell strongly of smoke, etc.
  • Textbooks

Donations are Tax Deductible

At your request, library staff will provide you with a donation receipt that you may fill out for tax purposes. The library staff is not qualified to determine the value of your donation. It will be up to you to assign a value for tax purposes.

What does the library do with donations?

All donations are greatly appreciated. Newer items deemed to be of high interest will be evaluated for addition to the collection. Most donated items are sold at library book sales or donated to other nonprofit agencies. The money raised through sales and cash donations helps to fund programs and/or the purchase of books and other materials.

All donated items are considered property of the library, to do with as staff and volunteers feel is best. Library staff and volunteers reserve the right to throw away any items they deem unsaleable, moldy, or containing pests.

All money from our used books sales goes to support the library and its programs.

Memorials, Honorariums, and Gifts

Books donated for this purpose should be new, or an antique or heirloom edition of historical value. All books donated for our collection will be reviewed by the Board of Trustee’s Book Donation Committee. Books will be reviewed within 30 days. The Book Donation Committee has the option to not accept any donation.

Monetary donations for books are welcome, the minimum amount accepted is $25.00.

Questions can be directed to Jennifer Baxter. She can be reached at 256-232-1233 or