Memorial Gifts and Donations

A library donation is a thoughtful way to celebrate friends and family, providing an lasting tribute to a loved one. Memorial gifts continue the legacy of those remembered and honor the surviving family as well.

Kelley Library welcomes donations of varying amounts, and suggestions for the use of the donation are welcomed.  Every gift is acknowledged with a letter to the donor and with a notification sent to the family of the individual being honored. Gifts up to $100 will be used to purchase library materials (books, music, audiobooks, etc.).  A book plate will be included in each item purchased with donations.  Larger gifts will be used for furnishings.  Multiple donations for an individual may be combined to purchase a more costly item.  A small inscribed plaque will be purchased to commemorate the donation.

If you wish to make a memorial donation, please print and fill out a donation form to include with your check.  Preprinted forms are also available at the library.  You may drop off or mail your donation to:


Kelley Library

234 Main St.

Salem NH  03079

Please make checks payable to Kelley Library.

Kelley Library Book Donation Guide


At this time, we are accepting donations by appointment only.  Please review this guide before contacting us to arrange an appointment.  Appointments may be made by email only:


We Accept:

  • Popular adult fiction and nonfiction published within the last five years in good condition with book jackets.  

    • Exceptions are craft, handwork or cookery books.  These need to be of current interest, but may be more than 5 years old

  • Adult paperbacks in good condition published within the last five years

  • Children’s books in good condition

  • DVDs, music CDs, and complete audiobooks on CD, with intact and undamaged cases.


We Do Not Accept:

  • Books in poor condition. If a book is yellowed, water-damaged, musty, has torn covers or pages, or broken bindings, please do not donate it to the library.

  • Older and old books, books without jackets

  • VHS tapes or audio cassettes.

  • Encyclopedias.

  • Textbooks and academic titles

  • Reader’s Digest condensed books.

  • Outdated information, particularly travel guides, computer books, or computer software older than three years.

  • Magazines.

  • CDs or DVDs that are scratched or otherwise unusable, or have broken cases or missing booklets.

  • Home-recorded or downloaded materials.

  • Audiobooks or DVD collections with missing discs.


Helpful Hints:

  • Books are accepted only by appointment.  Email to arrange an appointment

  • Limit your donation to one or two boxes at a time.


Tax Receipts:

If you would like a receipt, count the items you are donating.  The library can give you a signed, dated receipt for the number of items, but cannot assess the value.

   Chair -  Kathleen Norton

   Vice Chair - Cindy Jury

   Treasurer - Martin Isaks,

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The Kelley Library is a member of GMILCS, a consortium of libraries throughout southern New Hampshire. You may use your Kelley library card in any of these libraries.    

(Restriction apply to some circulating items.)


Amherst Town Library

Bedford Public Library

Derry Public Library

Goffstown Public Library

Hooksett Public Library

Manchester City Library

West Side Community LIbrary (Manchester)

Merrimack Public Library

Wadleigh Memorial Library (Milford)

Danforth Library (New England College)

Teti Library (NH Institute of Art)

Kelley Library (Salem)

Nesmith Library (Windham)

Kelley Library

234 Main St, Salem NH 03079



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