How can you support a member library of the Azalea Regional Library System?
The answer depends on how and what you’d like to donate!
The libraries are not accepting physical donations at this time due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19 on paper and plastics. Once we reopen to the public, we will happily begin accepting physical donations again. Thank you for cooperation in advance!
Support your local member library by making a general monetary donation at the circulation desk or by mailing in your gift. The libraries accept cash or check donations of any amount and these funds are used to support library collections, events and programs, or basic operations. You may also donate by mailing a check to the Regional Headquarters at 1121 East Ave, Madison, GA. 30650. Please do not send cash and make your check payable to the member library of your choice.
Please visit your local library’s web page to view other ways to donate. Some member libraries accept donations via PayPal, Kroger Community Rewards Program, or Amazon Smile.
Memorial or Tribute Gift (Money in Honor of Someone)
Make a monetary contribution in honor of or in memory of a loved one or friend by contacting the Library Manager of your local library. You will be asked to fill out a form which will be submitted to the AZRLS’ Technical Services Department for processing.
Used or Rare Books
Before making a book donation please contact the library to confirm they are accepting donations, especially if you have a large quantity of books you wish to donate. You may bring donations to the loading dock or circulation desk of any member library. Libraries do not guarantee that materials will be added to the general collection. Items not added will be given to the library’s Friends Group for their monthly book sales, the proceeds of which directly support the library. Any unusable materials will be recycled.
Libraries do accept rare and gently used books, records, CDs and DVDs.
Libraries do NOT accept: magazines, newspapers, or encyclopedias, and will discard broken, moldy, damaged items, or anything in a format not circulated (like cassette tapes and VHS).
Materials for Genealogy Collections
Member libraries welcome the donation of rare and unique materials for their Heritage and Historical Rooms. Libraries also accept local and Georgia history materials. Please see AZRLS’ Heritage Collection and Maintenance Guidelines for details.
Self-Published or Local Author Presses
Donations of self-published or local author books are subject to the same selection criteria as books the libraries purchase for their general collections. Materials are reviewed by the AZRLS’ Technical Services Department and authors are notified if their books are approved for inclusion in a library collection. Materials not selected will be returned, if contact information is provided at the time of donation.
Donate Your Time by Volunteering
The donation of time is always welcomed and volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year at most member libraries. Please contact the Library Manager about volunteering opportunities in your local library. You may also submit an application to be placed on file by completing this form Volunteer Application and emailing it to: Mary Young at email@example.com or mailing it to: Azalea Regional Library System, Attn: M.Young, 1121 East Ave, Madison, GA. 30650. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older to be considered. A background check is required of volunteers who desire to work with children or young adults.
Join a Friends of the Library Group
You can also volunteer your time by becoming a member of your local library’s Friends Group. These dedicated 501 (C) (3) groups work in library bookstores or book sale rooms, organizing and preparing gently used books and other items for sale to the public. All proceeds benefit the library and support programs and events, purchase books and supplies, or fund operations. These fundraising efforts help some of our member libraries remain open to the public seven days a week. The libraries consider their Friends of the Library groups to be some of their best friends!
Become an advocate for your library by sharing with your local and state representatives just how much you appreciate and value library services, resources, programs, events, and print & digital offerings. Your comments to elected officials can make such an important and substantial impact.
Make a planned gift by including your local library in your estate plans or your will.