Cash & Non-Cash Gifts
The Thomas Crane Public Library Foundation  is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization established to support and strengthen library programs, services, and collections. All contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible.
Books & Materials
We welcome donations of new or gently used books, CDs and DVDs. We cannot accept textbooks, cassette tapes, videotapes, LP records, magazines (including National Geographic), Reader’s Digest condensed books, broken or damaged items, items that are missing parts, non-book or media items (e.g. toys, calendars, cards, etc.), and personally recorded audio or video items.
How much can be donated at one time?
Because of space limitations, we cannot accept more than several boxes or bags at one time. For larger donations, please call 617-376-1312.
What happens to donated materials?
Library staff members evaluate all materials to see if the materials can be added to the collection. Materials not added to the collection may be sold at The Crane Library Bookstore run by the Friends of the Library. The library disposes of any unacceptable materials.
Where can I donate materials?
We accept donations at any library location during open hours.
Will I receive a receipt for my donations?
If you include your name and address with your donation, we will send you a receipt. We are unable to appraise donated materials.
Whether you are up for a long-term commitment or an occasional task, we have a volunteer opportunity for you. From reading to a child or tutoring a beginning adult reader to shelving materials, sorting books for a booksale, or beautifying library grounds, there are many ways to contribute your time and talent!
Become a Friend of the Library
The Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library  is a 500+ member-driven nonprofit organization that provides funding for library events and programs through membership dues, The Crane Library Bookstore, and cash donations. New Friends are always welcomed!