Over the last decade, the Alexandria Library has lost almost 40% of its materials budget. In the spring of 2015, the Alexandria Library Foundation called upon the City of Alexandria to make a $50,000 match – for every tax-deductible dollar donated to the Foundation. Funds received from the Foundation and the City of Alexandria through this matching grant challenge are already being used to enhance the collections by purchasing books, DVDs, e-books, and more. With the help of the community, not only did the Foundation meet the goal, they surpassed it by raising over $60,000 in donations during this fundraising campaign. Combined with the matching funds from the city, the Library received nearly $110,000 in total, to support its materials budget.
Recent projects the Foundation has supported include:
- Collections including books, digital resources, and periodicals for all locations
- Beatley Central Library Children’s Department Upgrade and Mural
- Duncan Branch Library Garden Benches
- Beatley Central Library Meeting Room Renovation and Equipment Upgrade
- Library staff development and training
The continued generosity of the community is needed for the Alexandria Library to provide the excellent service and materials our residents deserve.
Chartered in 1998, the Alexandria Library Foundation was formed to enhance the Alexandria Library’s services through private donations.
For more information on the 50-50 Campaign, visit the Alexandria Library website at http://bit.ly/AlexLibFoundation. Donations to the Alexandria Library Foundation are accepted by mail to: Alexandria Library Foundation, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304 or donate now online at http://bit.ly/AlexLibFdtn.