About Us

The Library Foundation is an independent not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that secures private funding for the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. All charitable gifts to the foundation are 100% tax deductible. Each year, The Library Foundation has an independent audit conducted.

The Library Foundation was formed in 1982 by the Friends of the Library. The purpose of The Library Foundation is to ensure the future of the library as an indispensable community resource. We do this by helping secure financial resources to support collections, programs, services, technology and physical facilities of the library.

The Library Foundation pursues this purpose by seeking philanthropic support, providing conscientious stewardship of the assets in its care, encouraging appropriate community partnerships and advocating on behalf of the library’s mission and continue helping our community be the best place to live, work, learn and play.

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is the sole beneficiary of funds raised by The Library Foundation.

Every gift is important, no matter the size.

Learn more about The Library Foundation:

2019 Annual Report

Why choose the library among your philanthropic priorities?

      • The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library provides a safe and nurturing place for children and families.
      • Our services are readily available to all local residents.
      • Our services reach out to the community through creative partnerships.

We are your library for life. Services such as Bookmobile and Red Carpet – Senior Services ensure that citizens who are elderly, disabled or homebound can still be kept connected to their library. We help bridge the digital divide.


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