Donations of books, journals, and other materials broaden our collections, enable us to meet the demand for multiple copies of heavily used titles, and also help us replace lost or damaged copies. These types of gifts are always appreciated by the Library and the community. Having extra copies of a book or replacing one that's missing benefits the community by allowing multiple copies of the same book to be checked out. Please take care to avoid donating books to the library if they are damaged or moldy.

Your donation might include:

  • Books on any or all subjects (except Encyclopedias or textbooks)
  • Music CD's
  • DVDs

Please reference our Donation Policy or contact us at (309) 734-3166 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


The Warren County Public Library is grateful for gifts, and its collection has been enriched by donations of materials, as well as monetary contributions. Through donors, the Library has been able to acquire materials which could not have been purchased otherwise. The Library staff can supply, upon request, a list of needed materials for consideration by the donor. For memorial books to the Library, the Library may place within the book the name of the donor, if desired.

All gifts are accepted with the understanding that it may someday be necessary that they be sold or disposed of in the best interest of the Library. The Library cannot commit itself to perpetually housing a donation. No donation can be accepted unless it is given to the Library without restrictions, unless the Board of Library Trustees has specifically adopted an agreement to do so. All gifts may be used, sold or disposed of in the best interest of the Library. All donations are accepted only if in the opinion of the Director and the Board of Library Trustees they are in the best interests of the Library.

Donation of Books and Audio Visual Materials

In accepting a gift of materials, the Library reserves the privilege of deciding whether items donated should be added to the collection. Out of the many books and other materials which citizens so generously give, a considerable proportion can be used. Some materials cannot, because any Library material, though of value in itself, may be; (1) a duplicate of an item of present reference or circulating value to the Library; (2) outdated -- interesting but not of sufficient present reference or circulating value to the Library; and/or (3) in poor condition -- which would not justify the expense of processing it; i.d., cataloging and preparing it for circulation. The material will be judged by the same standards of selection as those applied to the purchase of books which are useful to the Library collection will be retained, and other books disposed of in whatever manner the Director deems best. The Library necessarily reserves the right to interfile gifts with other collections on the same subject, so that all collections are organized and classified according to library standards for the best public service."