Our Purpose

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History and Mission

The Anne Arundel County Public Library Foundation exists to raise private, sustainable support from individuals, businesses, organizations and foundations to enhance all 16 branches of the Anne Arundel County Public Library. The Library is a public institution funded by Anne Arundel County, however, the information explosion, coupled with growing demands for service and rising costs continues to challenge the Library's ability to deliver essential services. In 2006, a group of public-spirited individuals formed the Library Foundation as a separate 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization to raise additional funds otherwise unsupported by county funding.

The Library Foundation's vision is to enrich lives through philanthropy. Funds raised by the Library Foundation help support the Library's strategic initiatives including: Every Child Ready to Read; connecting county residents to technology, the Internet and virtual services; creating welcoming, accessible and functional spaces; and fostering community engagement between each library branch and its service area.

Platinum Transparency seal 2023. Candid.

The Library Foundation seeks to raise funds to enhance and enrich the lives of all county residents. Your support makes your library better.

We hold ourselves accountable to the highest level of transparency for our donors and the Candid Platinum Seal of Transparency demonstrates our commitment to that level of transparency. We know that you often look to Candid when making philanthropic decisions. Our board is committed to providing accurate and updated information to know that we are good stewards of your gifts.

Learn more about our Platinum Seal of Transparency.


What We Fund

A gift to the library foundation is a gift to your library and benefits the entire Anne Arundel County community. From crayons to large projects, the foundation works to make your library better. We help support the library's early literacy programs, create collaborative spaces, connect county residents to technology, foster community engagement and ensure school readiness for students.