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Brown Library: Support the Library

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122 Van Norden Street
Washington, N.C. 27889

Phone: (252) 946-4300

Mon - Sat: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sun: Closed

Support the Library

Click here to visit the FOBL website!

The Friends of Brown Library is a membership organization that supports the programs and operations of the library through various projects and activities.

The annual Friends of the Brown Library Book Sale is held the third weekend in January. The event takes place at the Washington Civic Center with a sneak preview for members only on Thursday night.

Donations (Books and Media)

We accept donations year round for our collection and FOBL book sale.

  • Items should be placed in the basket to your right as your enter the library.
  • Books must be in good condition: clean, unmarked, no water damage, no yellow-edged pages, and no mildew or smoky smells.
  • Audiobooks in CD format (no cassettes), music CDs, and DVDs in playable condition are welcome.
  • We do not accept textbooks, encyclopedias, outdated reference materials, Childcraft books, VHS tapes, cassette tapes, or old paperback or hardcover books in poor condition, as these are unusable in the collection or at the annual FOBL book sale.
  • For large donations (multiple boxes), please try to arrive before 12 noon for assistance unloading.
  • Magazine donations should be placed on the table near the stacks in the library instead of in the donation basket.

* All donated items are accepted with the stipulation that they will be used at the discretion of the library director. Items will not be returned once given. They may be added to the collection, sold in the annual Friends of the Library book sale, or discarded.

Memorial and Honorarium Donations

Thank you for your interest in the Brown Library’s Gift Program.  Dedicating a book or other materials at the Library is a unique way to honor the memory of friends and loved ones.  For each memorial or honorarium donation, the Library will select a book or other library material.  If a special subject or type of book is requested, we will do our best to honor the request.  A card announcing your gift will be sent to the person you honor or the family of the person you remembered.

A book plate announcing your gift is inserted in the front of every dedicated book. Gifts in memory or in honor of someone may be made by filling out a card at the circulation desk. Please notify staff at the time of donation if you prefer your donation remain anonymous.

Donations (Monetary)

If you would like to make a monetary contribution to the library, please contact the library at (252) 946-4300.

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George H. & Laura E. Brown Library
122 Van Norden St.
Washington, NC 27889
(252) 946-4300