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Support Our Library

Thanks for thinking of us! We are always happy to accept monetary donations, and you can do so with the links below!

If you are hoping to donate physical items or volunteer, click here to learn more!

Thank you for thinking of us!


If you are looking to give a monetary donation you can go through CountyCat and select our library, or you can go through our Paypal Account

Thank you so much for considering us!

Donate Books

We appreciate receiving the following types of materials in clean and new condition for possible addition to our collection:

  • Fiction in hardcover and paperback

  • Current non-fiction within 5 years of the copyright date

  • DVDs in their original packaging and in excellent condition

  • Video games in their original packaging and in excellent condition

  • Puzzles and board games in their original packaging and in excellent condition

  • Music CDs and audiobook CDs in their original packaging and in excellent condition

  • Textbooks within 2 years of the copyright date

  • Brown Deer-related materials of historical importance, like business pamphlets, historical documents, photographs of area people and places, etc.

Please donate the following items to a thrift store, school, church library, used bookseller like Half Price Books, or simply recycle:

  • Books that have been written in, underlined or highlighted

  • Books that smell of mildew or smoke or those with yellowed and dusty pages

  • Books with broken spines, loose pages, water warping or other cosmetic damage

  • CDs and DVDs that are heavily scratched, missing original packaging, or copies

  • Magazines

  • Non-fiction older than five years from the copyright date

  • Textbooks more than 2 years from the copyright date


Offering volunteer opportunities is one part of how the Brown Deer Public Library achieves its mission.


Why Volunteer

Volunteers approach the library for a variety of reasons: for the love of books, to meet school service learning requirements, to boost a resume or college admission profile, or simply to give back to the community. Volunteer opportunities also vary greatly: doing special light cleaning tasks to keep the building clean and attractive for the community, assisting with program preparation and activities, shelf-reading to ensure the collection stays organized, special collections projects to preserve resources for future users, data entry, or assisting with Friends of Brown Deer Library events. Library employees are responsible for shelving books.

Those interested in volunteering should call or visit the library. Applications must be picked up at the library. Applications will be accepted at any time. The library will contact applicants when an appropriate opportunity becomes available. Applicants should expect to have a public record background check and brief informal interview with senior Library staff before being offered a match with an available opportunity.

Volunteers for court-ordered community service cannot be accepted.

Currently Available Volunteer Opportunities

  • Bookshelf dusting and cleaning

  • Shelf reading - requires training and 6 month commitment

  • Computer assistance for library users - requires training and a 6 month commitment

  • Searching for and gathering library items from shelves based off of a list

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