The Cleveland Public Library Foundation

Preserving a storied past, securing a strong future

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More members of our community—individuals, corporations and foundations are investing in our libraries and the crucial services

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Support Cleveland Public Library Foundation from the comfort of your own home. The new online store has many great items, including CPL apparel, totes, and tumblers.

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The Cleveland Public Library Foundation

The Cleveland Public Library Foundation exists to raise philanthropic support for Cleveland Public Library. The Foundation allows the Library to do more for the people of this community given the work outside the scope of traditional library services is not funded by the state and local tax dollars received by the Library. When you invest in the work of the Cleveland Public Library through the Foundation, you invest in the City of Cleveland.

As the Cleveland Public Library celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2019, we launched the Cleveland Public Library Foundation, a legacy gift to the community. Our community’s needs are great and diverse and the Foundation will enable the Cleveland Public Library to extend its reach with more sustained impact. Please consider a gift to support one of Cleveland’s most valued community assets. Your contribution:

  • Ensures that every child reads.
  • Connects people to crucial resources.
  • Builds a ready workforce.
  • Bridges the cultural divide.

Not many organizations can say they’ve provided access to services and resources to a community for 100 years. Even fewer can say they’ve done this for 150 years. Cleveland Public Library can attest to doing both.

What We Support

Gifts to the Foundation can be directed to the area of greatest need or designated to one of the programs, services, or collections of the Cleveland Public Library.

Ensure Every Child Reads

Cleveland Public Library prioritizes its youth literacy efforts. From story time, tutoring, and homework help to resources for parents and educators, our role is to ensure children have the tools they need to be successful readers.

Community Connector

The Library serves as a connector for social services and other basic need resources for the community. Whether adult patrons need access to education services or children need access to healthy food options, you can find it at Cleveland Public Library.

Workforce Ready

Through programs, services, and community partnerships Cleveland Public Library ensures Clevelanders have the skills and resources they need to be successful in the workforce.

Bridge the Cultural Divide

The Library offers people a platform to learn “first hand” from each other and come to appreciate the variety and richness of the world’s cultures. Emerging technology, our featured exhibitions, and collections presents opportunities to broaden the avenues for intercultural engagement.

Support the Cleveland Public Library

When you invest in Cleveland Public Library through the Foundation, you invest in Cleveland’s diverse and distinctive neighborhoods