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  • The New Orleans Public Library Foundation is the fundraising arm of the New Orleans Public Library. We are a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation.

    Mission

    The mission of the New Orleans Public Library Foundation is to enrich New Orleans’s people, culture, and economy by promoting literacy, supporting the New Orleans Public Library, and providing unique and accessible collections.

    Vision

    We envision for New Orleans a vibrant public library system featuring excellent facilities and offering quality services, programs and technologies that support a culture of lifelong learning, promote a strong democracy, and advance a creative economy for all throughout the City of New Orleans.


    History

    The New Orleans Public Library Foundation was founded in 1990 to support the library by managing gifts made by private individuals, companies, and foundations. It is an educational, charitable non-profit organization under IRS Section 501(c)3.


    Until Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the New Orleans Public Library Foundation quietly and effectively managed gifts and bequests made in support of the Library. Income from the investment of gifts was used primarily to support book acquisitions.


    After Katrina, Trustees of the Foundation faced up to the challenge of rebuilding ruined libraries. The New Orleans Public Library Foundation is dedicated to increasing public awareness and support of the City's public libraries. The long-term goal is not merely a return to normal, but a model urban library system for the 21st century.