Answered By: Bonnie Brzozowski
Last Updated: Nov 16, 2016     Views: 45


Unfortunately, there is not currently a way for patrons to donate ebooks to the library.  One reason may be because publishers charge libraries much higher prices for ebooks than they do consumers.  If you could purchase an ebook for under $10 or $20 and donate it to the library, the library would then not need to spend $60 or so on the same book (libraries are typically charged several times the price a consumer may be charged for an ebook). 

Libraries and library patrons have often asked for the ability to donate ebooks, but the publishers that control the licensing are not willing to allow it at this point.  Unlike print books, there is no “first sale doctrine” for ebooks, which grants the owner of a book the right to lend, resell or give it away.

Thanks for your inquiry and for considering the library with your donation.

Carrie Ottow
Adult Services Librarian

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