Who We Are

Who We Are

& Purpose

The Berkeley Public Library Foundation amplifies the public investment to make a great public library extraordinary. The Foundation raises the funds needed for innovations, literacy projects, and building improvements that are not covered by bond measures and taxes.

About The

Grants from the Foundation make new things possible. The Foundation outfits and refurbishes library buildings, resources dynamic new projects to advance STEM, the culinary arts, and reading. The Foundation secures literacy centered technology to keep the library creative, flexible, and ready to serve the public in an ever-changing digitized and interconnected world.


February 1990

Early 1990s

Library trustees declare buildings overcrowded, seismically unsafe, and inaccessible to the disabled.

February 1996


Rallied by a community-wide campaign, voters approve a $30-million bond to expand and renovate downtown’s Central Library.

February 1997


Berkeley Public Library Foundation is established to raise funds needed for furnishings and technology not covered by the bond measure.

February 1998