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Chicago Public Library Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Education, Single Organization Support

Mission: The Chicago Public Library Foundation supports collection development, programs and technology initiatives that connect library users to their community and to the world and ensure that all Chicagoans have the freedom to read, to learn and to discover at the Chicago Public Library.

Programs: Help children build academic success and a love of reading through summer learning challenge, teen learning, early literacy, great kids read, science connections and teachers in the library.

provide funding for public access to information resources and technology, including cybernavigators, as well as initiatives to keep the chicago public library relevant to the lives of all chicagoans.

expand library collections and create opportunities to discuss books and ideas through programs such as one book, one chicago.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Suraj P.


Rating: 5

The Chicago Public Library Foundation (CPLF) is a visionary organization with relentless focus on serving the City of Chicago. I have volunteered with the CPLF for the last three years in a variety of roles and have been amazed by the talent and passion that is found across their staff and Board. The CPLF has lead one of the nations largest library systems to extend its hours, provide one-on-one tutors focused computer education. The CPLF now continues to be a steward in Chicago as the Library further extends into the digital age.


Rating: 5

The Chicago Public Library Foundation supports the city's libraries. What could be more important than that? The library is a FREE resource for every Chicagoan, of every age and from every neighborhood. The Foundation supports programs and services in the libraries that are beyond what the city can do by itself. Cities like Chicago would be immeasurably less vibrant without our wonderful libraries and the foundation that supports them.


Rating: 4

The Foundation is great! Really nice people on staff, and they work hard to raise money to support excellent library programs.