Our Mission, Vision, and Values

Our Mission

The Chicago Public Library Foundation accelerates the potential of our public library by investing in resources that transform lives and communities.

Our Vision

Power Our Library. Empower Every Chicagoan.

What We Believe In

Empower: Our Library has incredible potential as a hub for literacy, democracy, and equity in every neighborhood.

Impact: To accelerate social change, we must amplify the community-focused work of this city’s most trusted institution.

Connect: Private investment is essential to the public good. It is our honor to connect philanthropists at all levels with meaningful opportunities to transform lives and communities through unparalleled access to quality information, resource, and support.

Check out Chicago Public Library’s 2020-2024 Strategy.


million raised in 2017 toward CPL programs, technology, and collections

300k +

individuals each year benefit from donor-supported programs at CPL


Star-rating from Charity Navigator


civic leaders serving on our board