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Power Our Library.
Empower Every Chicagoan.

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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.

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

$4,126,292

Total raised by 1,214 donors

300,000+

Patrons served

50,000+

Grab and Go activity kits distributed to children, teens, and young adults

3,540

Virtual Programs offered for all age groups

Meet the community

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