Considering donating to the library? Be sure to check out our donation policy below first!

  • Please drop off donations at the first-floor desk during library business hours. Receipts are available upon request.
  • It is not guaranteed that items will get added to the collection. Anything not added will get sold to benefit the Friends of the South Milwaukee Public Library. 
  • The decision to accept gifts and donations is at the discretion of the staff member taking on the items and is on a case by case basis.
  • Please take off all stickers before donating – this includes garage sale stickers.

Materials the Library Can Accept 

  • Fiction & nonfiction titles that are in good condition
  • DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks that are in good condition
  • Board games and puzzles that are not missing pieces
  • Magazines can be put directly into our Magazine Exchange bin

Materials the Library Is Unable to Accept 

  • Books in poor condition
  • Dirty, moldy, stained, smoky, damaged, torn, missing pages, smelly, with writing on pages, etc.
  • Textbooks and encyclopedias
  • Cassette tapes
  • VHS tapes
  • Newspapers

The library is mostly interested in:

  • Recently released fiction or nonfiction books
  • Books of local interest
  • Media materials: DVDs, CDs, audiobooks
  • Board games with no missing pieces

We can accept monetary donations in person and online.

Donations to the Library Building Fund are used to purchase equipment, landscaping, etc. Donors to this fund will have their names on the donor board, which is located in the lobby of the library. Contact the library director at 414-768-8195 ext. 5 for more information.

Give the Gift of Reading

What better way to remember a person or special occasion than by making a donation to the library for the purchase of books or other materials reflecting that person’s interest. The library materials purchased become a living memorial to that person while bringing enjoyment to countless others in the community for many years to come. A special bookplate is placed inside the material noting the name of the person being honored or remembered or the event being commemorated along with the name of the donor. In addition to sending an acknowledgement letter to the donor, the library also notifies the individual being honored or remembered. Organizations, as well as individual donors, are urged to participate. A minimum of $25 is requested. Please stop in the library to speak with a staff member about Giving the Gift of Reading today!