Lexington Public Library Foundation funds innovation within our public library system. The Library's vision is for a community engaged in a lifetime of discovery, and private donations help Lexingtonians learn and play in dynamic new ways.
Donations do not fund day-to-day library operations, meaning that 100% of your gift is used to create change by adding new services, programs, facilities, or technology. Because the Library serves all people, businesses and organizations, your charitable donation to the Library Foundation is quite literally a gift to our entire community.
"The Library gives people access to things that make their world a little bigger and a little brighter."
Jenny Lewis, Northside Branch Manager
Support from the Library Foundation empowers change within our public library system. Recent examples include:
- Phoenix Forward: Indoor/Outdoor programming and installations at Central Library and adjacent Phoenix Park to reinvigorate the downtown spaces through the Knight Cities Challenge. Highlights include the new Discovery and Play Lab at Central Library, two mobile book carts to bring materials into the Park, and a Charlie Cart, or portable teaching kitchen, to teach culinary literacy at Central Library, Phoenix Park, and throughout the city. Partners include Lexington Downtown Development Authority, Lexington Parks & Recreation, Downtown Lexington Corporation, Blue Grass Community Foundation, Knight Foundation, and many others.
- Tiny Library Project: Commissioned 50 book exchange units to be placed throughout the community in order to improve access to reading materials. Partners include Nomi Design, The Hope Center, Parks & Recreation, and many others.
- Homework Help: Provides an afterschool snack and assists students with school assignments and reading at two library locations four days each week throughout the school year. Partners include Fayette County Public Schools, Glean Kentucky, God's Pantry Food Bank, and KentuckyOne Health.
Volunteer and In-Kind Needs:
- Help students with Homework Help at Village and Northside libraries
- Bring reading materials to homebound adults through the Book Buddies program
- Sort and sell used books to support Library programming (Friends of the Library)
- Teach digital and technical skills with Camp Digital classes
- Restock Tiny Libraries with donated books
- Books, magazines, newspapers or other reading materials to stock the Library's Tiny Library project