Gifts & Donations

The William P. Faust Public Library of Westland can provide individuals, families, organizations and businesses with the unique opportunity to permanently honor a loved one, bring recognition to a specific entity, or remember someone with a memorial.

Giving opportunities can also be designed to meet the specific needs of the donor and will be recognized in both Library and community publications.

We invite you to review the following opportunities (and our Used Material Donation Policy) and call the Library for more information at (734) 326-6123.

Your Contribution...

... combined with other generous donors will make it possible for the Library to continue its mission by providing avenues for education and recreation, enhancing the Library's offerings and services, and enriching our community and lives.

... will ensure the acquisition of equipment and collection materials that are essential to the full and rich operation of our most important community resource, our public Library.

Municipalities make libraries "good" through tax dollars, but it is through individual gifts that libraries become "great."

Equipment and Furnishings

Donors can purchase equipment or furniture for the Library. Equipment and furniture purchased with gift funds will bear a name plate with the name of the donor.

Purchase a Row of Shelves

Donors can create a legacy of remembrance for years to come by purchasing a row of shelves for $500.00. A row of shelves will bear a name plate with the name of the donor.

"Gifts... To Last A Lifetime"

You may print or download a copy of the Library's brochure "Gifts ... to last a lifetime."

New Collection Items

Donors can contribute to help purchase collection items such as books, music cassettes and compact discs, CD-ROMs, videos, DVDs, and books on cassette or CD. Donations to the Library collection will be recognized with a book plate bearing the donor's, or designated, name.

Adopt A Book

Donors can adopt an existing collection item for $10.00. Adoption of an existing Library collection item will be recognized with a book plate bearing the donor's name.

Used Material Donations

The library accepts used books and movies for addition to the collection or for sale in the Friends of the Library book sale.

General Donation Policies

Gifts of material will be accepted by the Library with the explicit understanding that they may or may not be added to the collection.

All donated materials are subject to the same selection criteria as purchased library materials.

The Library will dispose of all gift materials which do not fulfill the requirements of its collection as it sees fit (i.e., Friends of the Library book sale, discard, etc.).

The Library reserves the right to refuse gifts requiring special handling or care which is inconsistent with library practice.

If more than one box is being donated, a Librarian will need to check the donation before it can be left at the Library.

Items Not Accepted

  • Textbooks
  • Magazines
  • Encyclopedias
  • VHS Tapes
  • Harlequin Romances
  • Materials in poor physical condition, for example: broken spine, missing cover, moldy, water damaged, missing or faded yellow pages, etc.

Drop-Off Donations

*New* Due to the high volume of donations received, effective February 1, 2014 donations are accepted only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays and are limited to 4 boxes of materials per patron, per week.

A designated drop-off will be available In the Library lobby. Receipt forms can be obtained at the Reception Desk upon request.

The Library will not pick up any donations at another location.

If a Donor requires assistance to bring in items from a vehicle, the donor must call in advance to schedule a time for drop-off in order to assure that staff will be available.

Gift Appraisal

The appraisal of a gift to the Library for tax purposes is the responsibility of the Donor.

The Library will give the donor a receipt on Library stationery listing the number of items to which the donor can assign a value.

Special Collections

It is the policy of the Library not to accept special collections of books which must be kept together as a separate entity. Gift collections may be accepted by the Library only with the understanding that they will be integrated into the general book collection.

Acknowledgment and Identification

Used items will be noted on a "Donated Collection items" form.

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