Library Policies

On this page: Library cards, Checking out books, Donating books, Your privacy

How to Get a Library Card

Library memberships are free. (But donations help keep the library open & growing!) Visit the library during open hours & fill out a form.

Checking Out Books

Quick Rundown: One book at a time, checkout period is 30 days, renew in person or by email

We have a small library, so patrons, at the moment, are allowed only one book out at a time. If you have children, you can also check out one kids’ book per child at a time. (There is no minimum age requirement for membership, so you can alternately get library cards for your kids, particularly if they’re ready to check out books outside of the kids’ section.)

Please return or renew your checked out book(s) within 30 days of checking it out. You can renew in person or by email (assistant@allibrary.org). (If you email, please tell us either the title of the book or your membership number.)

If someone requests a book you’ve checked out and you are beyond the initial 30 days, we may ask you for the book back even if you have renewed it.

We don’t have late fees, but if you lose a book, you’ll need to replace it before you can check out any further books.

Donating Books to the Library

We accept new and used books in good condition. We have limited space, so we can only accept books that align with the library’s overall theme of “struggles for justice and liberation.” The best way to get a feel for what materials we carry is to visit the library or browse our book collection online.

If some of the books you bring to donate do not fit our collection, we may attempt to sell them for credits to purchase more books, donate them to the public library for its annual sale, or give the books back to you. Please let us know which you prefer.

To donate books, bring them to the library during open hours or email assistant@allibrary.org to schedule a drop off time.

The Library & Your Personal Information

1. Library Patrons

All patrons will need to complete a form to get their library card. The card itself contains only your membership number and no other personally identifying information.

We use an electronic system for tracking checkouts. For each library patron, we record first and last name, email address, and phone number. If you check out a book, you will receive an automated email from this system as your due date nears and another if your due date passes without a renewal or return.

Your information is never shared with third parties nor used for any purpose outside of library activities.

2. Donors and Monthly Sustainers

If you make a donation or a sustainer payment online, there will be a record of your payment, including any identifying information you provided with that payment, in the donation system used. (We will not, however, have your billing info.)

If you make a donation in cash, you can specify whether you want the donation to recorded anonymously or with your name. (Money dropped into the donation box at the library or at any event the library attends will always be anonymous unless the donation is in the form of a  check or identifying information is attached to the donation.)

If you are a monthly sustainer and make a payment in cash, there will be a record of your payment, including the minimum necessary identifying information, in the donation system.

Your information is never shared with third parties nor used for any purpose outside of library activities.

3. Mailing List

We send out periodic newsletters and event notices. You may opt into these when you sign up for a library card, make a donation, or ask a librarian to be added. For the library’s mailing list, we need only an email address and a first name. Once you’re on the mailing list, you can opt out of future newsletters and event notices by clicking the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of any of our newsletter or event notice emails.

Your information is never shared with third parties nor used for any purpose outside of library activities.