Donating materials to the library

Thank you for considering a donation of books or other materials to the Riverina Regional Library. Below are the answers to the most commonly asked questions regarding donations.

What does the Library accept?

Riverina Regional Library welcomes gifts of new and in good-condition books, DVDs, CDs, and similar materials held by the Library. The Library cannot accept magazines, encyclopaedias, sheet music, audio cassettes, video cassettes or LP records.

The Library reserves the right to decline the offer of any material that is in poor condition or is otherwise unsuitable for the library collection. Please contact the Library’s Collection Services Officer if you are considering donating items that are rare or unique to our community.

Where can I bring my donation?

Materials may be donated during opening hours at any of the Library’s Branches.  No appointment is needed.

What is done with the donated items?

Once donated, items become the property of the Riverina Regional Library and are reviewed by the Riverina Regional Library Collection Services Officer for possible inclusion in the collection. Material that is unsuitable may be sold (with proceeds going to branch libraries for purchase of collections and resources), given away, recycled or discarded. Donated items will not be returned to the donor, and the library will only accept items that are  outright gifts. The Library reserves the right to decide when a gift added to the collection must be withdrawn.

Your donations are appreciated

Whilst all suitable donations are gratefully accepted, the Riverina Regional Library does not provide letters of acknowledgement due to the large number of donations received.

Thank you for your support of the Riverina Regional Library.

Donating your time to the library

Australia’s libraries are a key part to every community and are visited approximately 10  million times a year with nearly 10 million library members inclusive. Over 180 million items are borrowed in a year and around 12 million enquiries are made. Libraries are great places for learning and they provide social benefits as well, so make sure you find out how to get involved at your local library.

Why donate your time?

One of the institutions we often take for granted is our local library. Many libraries need volunteers to deliver books to seniors and housebound people. Some may need storytellers and others need helpers for book sales. Whatever it is that they need, get in touch with your local library to see how you can help. Libraries are great community institutions that need ongoing support – some RRL branch libraries have their own Friends of the Library groups – just ask at your local library!

Friends of the Library Groups

The following libraries have active Friends of the Library (FOTL) groups operating: Tumbarumba, Corowa, Howlong, Temora and Wagga Wagga City Library – please direct any calls about FOTL to these libraries.

Reference: State Library Queensland 2012, Australian Public Libraries Statistical Report 2011-2012.

Please note: due to staffing restraints, not all libraries are able to accommodate volunteers.