Shape the Library's story with a gift at any level.

Your Library. Your Legacy.

Join the Legacy Circle at the Chicago Public Library Foundation and invest in resources that will transform lives and communities for generations to come.

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Since its founding in 1873, Chicago Public Library has supported generations of Chicagoans on their lifelong learning journeys. As one of the largest and most-visited public library systems in the U.S., the Library makes information and knowledge available to Chicagoans of all ages through free access to rich resources, engaging cultural and educational programs, and technology. With 81 branch locations open seven days a week and serving all 77 of Chicago’s community areas, the Library is essential to our city’s goal of building healthy, successful communities.

For 36 years, the Chicago Public Library Foundation has connected individuals and corporations, neighborhood organizations, and City agencies committed to building a stronger and more equitable Chicago. Together, we invest–at every level–in distinctive social impact opportunities that are uniquely accessible to everyone through our 81-branch Chicago Public Library system.

These free services go above and beyond what is possible with taxpayer dollars to help students succeed in school, provide teens with life and leadership skills they need to transition into young adulthood, and empower Chicagoans to navigate 21st-century employment.


Your gift can be designated according to your wishes toward a specific purpose or toward supporting the Foundation’s ongoing work in fueling Chicago Public Library’s impact. The Library Foundation is happy to work with you and your financial advisors. For more information, contact Audrey Peiper at (312) 201-9830 x26 or apeiper@cplfoundation.org

Your Support Impacts Generations

$100 million+

raised over 36 years, toward accessible programs and services for Chicagoans of all ages and stages of life.

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There are many ways to leave your legacy and ensure that generations of Chicagoans get access to equitable programs, resources, and services they need to thrive.