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Foundation Support

Foundation support provides essential materials and services for programs like Summer Reading, which had almost 88,000 child and teen participants in 2011.Foundations provide essential general operating support that allows the Library to maintain core areas of service to the public, from providing books and other materials in neighborhood branches and research collections, to developing important digital technology, to presenting free public programs. General operating support allows the Library’s superb staff of curators, librarians, program staff, and educators to provide free resources, advice, and information to anyone and everyone who seeks it out.

Foundation support also helps fund special initiatives that improve the lives of countless New Yorkers. Grants for major new projects and special initiatives such as endowment, education-related activities, and collection development broaden access to information and help to secure a healthy financial future for the Library. 

To see your support at work, and find out more about our most pressing needs, please see our list of Greatest Needs.