Support the Library

Give a Gift

Your personal gift or organization’s gift to the library in memory of a friend or loved one provides a lasting tribute which benefits the entire community. Celebrate happy times such as the birthday of a child or special friend with a gift to the library in their name. Each book will contain a gift plate with your name as donor and the name of the person honored. You may earmark the funds for materials in your particular area of interest.

You may also mail your check with a gift form, available at all service desks, to:
Alachua County Library District: Donations
401 E. University Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32601

Material Gifts

You may donate material gifts to the library. Such gifts are accepted at any library location and become the property of the Library. These donations may be added to the collection for circulation. Materials that are not added to the collection, are donated to Friends of the Library for inclusion in their used book sales. Proceeds from the sales support the library.

Please note, the library can only accept textbooks published within the last ten years.

Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library websiteThe Friends of the Library provides monetary support to the Library District and also supports local literacy efforts. You can support the Friends of the Library by donating money, materials, or your time. All donations are used to directly serve this community.

Examples of how the Friends of the Library continues to support the Library District:

  • Scholarships for Library Staff.
  • Supplementing funding for library materials, programs, & services.
  • Providing direct support to the Adult Literacy Program.
  • Purchasing furniture and funding for library renovations in Alachua, Millhopper, and The Library Partnership.  

To find out more visit the Friends of the Library online at, stop by the Bookhouse at 430 N. Main St. in Gainesville, or call (352) 375-1676.

View the Friends of the Library newsletter.


Our volunteers are a diverse and active group of individuals who perform a variety of tasks that support library staff in providing excellent library services. Volunteer opportunities are available at most Library District locations.

How Can I Volunteer?
The ACLD Volunteer Form, Parental Permission Form (for Teens) and Reference Form for Minors must be filled out, printed, signed and sent to the Volunteer Program Specialist at the address below, or dropped off at your nearest branch library. For more specific information, contact your local branch library or our Volunteer Program Specialist:

Volunteer Program Specialist
Alachua County Library District Headquarters
401 E University Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601
(352) 334-3943
TDD users, call (352) 334-3904
or e-mail Volunteer Program Specialist

Why Volunteer at the library?
The library is an important community service - an information and lifelong learning resource open to everyone! Here are some of the ways the library - and you as a Library Volunteer - make a difference:

  • Americans ask their libraries more than 200 million reference questions each year.
  • Libraries save business leaders, scientists and engineers an estimated $10 billion a year in information resources.
  • Public Libraries are the most efficient of public services - serving 66% of Americans with less than 1% of our tax dollars.
    Provided by the American Library Association

Who Can Volunteer?

  • Anyone who is 12 years old and older.
  • Individuals who are reliable and able to stick to sometimes unexciting - but vital - tasks.
  • People who can commit to volunteering 2-4 hours a week (maximum is 20 hours/ week) for a 3-6 month period depending on the tasks.

What Do Volunteers Do?

  • Check in and re-shelve library materials
  • Process materials for checkout
  • Book repair
  • Outreach/Homebound services
  • Local history aides
  • Program and special event assistance
  • Special projects

ACLD Foundation

ACLD Foundation websiteThe Foundation's mission is to provide supplemental funding to the library with an emphasis on long-term support and planned giving. Our vision is to enhance the District's ability to enrich the lives of everyone in our community.

The Foundation's major goal for 2013-2014 is to establish the "Insure the Legacy Fundraising Campaign" to achieve its long-held goal of a million dollar endowment which provides funds to the Library District annually.  Funds have been generated through Foundation membership dues, Author Galas, and memorial and gift recognition leaves on Katherine's Tree at the Headquarters Library.  All funds raised during this campaign will go toward meeting this goal.

On occasion, the Foundation has chosen to support special projects for the Library District. In 2013 the Foundation contributed funds to the Teen Center for the Cone Park Branch Library Facility as it did in 2012 to create a Teen Space in the Headquarters Library. In 2007, the renovation of a Headquarters meeting room was underwritten by the Foundation. The room was renamed in honor of the Foundation. Find out more at

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