Donations to the Library

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Donation Guidelines

The North Branford Public Libraries are grateful when people think of donating books and other materials. Every gift to the library must be reviewed and approved by the Library Director before being included in our collection. Donated materials that are not added to the library collection are included in our book sales or shared with other local organizations. Revenue from our book sales is returned to the library to help fund programming and museum passes and purchase new library materials.

The North Branford Public Libraries gladly accept donations of the following new or gently used items:

  • Hardcover books
  • Paperback and softcover books
  • DVDs
  • CDs
  • Puzzles

We DO NOT accept:

  • Encyclopedias
  • Textbooks
  • Damaged, stained or moldy items
  • Magazines
  • Cassette tapes
  • VHS tapes
  • Vinyl records

Donated materials are accepted year-round during open library hours at both the Atwater Memorial Library 1720 Foxon Road North Branford and the Edward Smith Library 3 Old Post Road Northford.

Amazon Wish Lists

Our Amazon wish lists make it possible for community members to give back to our libraries in big ways. The items on each list are are in high demand, will meet programming needs or serve as replacements in our collection. Each list is curated by the librarian in charge of that particular department and items will be shipped directly to the library. Donors should add their name and contact information in the “gift note” section to receive formal confirmation of their donation.

Atwater Library Adult Department
Atwater Library Children’s Department

Smith Library Adult Department
Smith Library Children’s Department

Memorial Gifts

We will be happy to work with individuals or organizations on memorial gifts. We purchase many books each year in memory of a loved one, in honor of a new baby, or for other purposes. As with all donations, additions to the collection must be approved by the Library Director. One of the most effective ways to set up a memorial is to discuss with our staff suitable subjects or types of books, and then donate money which our staff will use to purchase materials. All memorials are clearly marked with a message agreed upon by the donor and the library.

Monetary or Gift Donations

Monetary donations to the library are accepted by check, either via mail or in person.

Please make checks payable to the Town of North Branford, reference library gift in the memo, and mail to:

Atwater Memorial Library
Attn: Library Director
1720 Foxon Road
North Branford, CT 06471

For more information, please contact Lauren Davis, Library Director, at 203-315-6020 or at The community’s support through donations greatly enhances our library’s services and programs. Thank you for your generosity!


Both libraries reserve the right to sell any and all materials that we cannot use, unless we have made other arrangements with the donor.