In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Andrew Carnegie granted money to almost 2,000 communities across the United States to establish public libraries. Through his generosity, the first Columbus Metropolitan Library was built. Andrew Carnegie envisioned a system where communities would continue to support and maintain their libraries long after the original grant money was gone. It is in this spirit that the Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation was established in 1990 as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The foundation relies on the contributions of individuals, businesses and foundations and has the authority to receive, hold, invest and administer property, and to make expenditures for the exclusive benefit of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.
The Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation supports the library’s immediate needs and long-range goals through generous private donations, ensuring the library’s collection, programs and services will be available for generations of learners to come. To learn more about the programs and services we support, please see What We Support.
The Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation Board holds responsibility for the Foundation’s fundraising and investment activities. Meet our Board.
"Building resources for the sole purpose of advancing the mission of Columbus Metropolitan Library for generations to come."
The Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation provides financial support for the Library’s greatest needs and highest priorities through generous gifts from customers like you. Every day Columbus Metropolitan Library provides vital services to the central Ohio community, like homework help for students, early literacy skill training for children and resume services for jobseekers. The need for the Library has never been greater and gifts to the Foundation ensure that our programs and services will continue to be available for free to all who walk into each of our 23 locations.
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Your gift to the library supports programs that inspire a lifelong passion for reading and learning and provides vital services to members of our community in need.