Meet our 2024 Library Foundation Award honorees.

Power Our Library.
Empower Every Chicagoan.

Creating pathways to learning, creativity, and civic engagement in every neighborhood, for every Chicagoan.

The Chicago Public Library Foundation accelerates the potential of our public library by investing in resources that transform lives and communities. With the support of the Library Foundation community, we are committed to building a stronger and more equitable Chicago.

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Learn more about the work you help make possible in our 2023 Impact Report.


The Library Foundation partners with Chicago Public Library to drive equitable access to learning, creativity, and digital literacy resources.

Our work is defined by three overarching impact priorities.

Impact by the numbers

Our donors activate real change

$6,200,000+

Total raised by 2,300+ donors

330,000+

Library users served by donor-funded programs

12,500+

Virtual and in-person donor-powered programs offered for all ages

Meet the community

Everyone has a library story. Learn how your support impacts Chicagoans, families, communities and our entire city.