About Us

Andrew Carnegie supported libraries
Andrew Carnegie

What makes a good library great? Without question, it is the support the library receives from private citizens who understand and value the essential role a library plays in the life of the community.

Andrew Carnegie knew that. His $50,000 contribution helped build a library in Jacksonville in 1905. In 1986, The Jacksonville Public Libraries Foundation, Inc. (d/b/a Jacksonville Public Library Foundation) was formed as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation to carry forward Carnegie’s legacy that great libraries don’t just happen ... they must be nurtured.

The mission of the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation is to strengthen the ability of the Jacksonville Public Library to serve as an educational and cultural resource for our community, and promote the use of library resources, enthusiasm for reading, and increased literacy for all Jacksonville residents.

We provide the residents, corporations, and other stakeholders with opportunities to invest in the success of the Library. With private financial support, the Foundation expects to support and enhance the Library’s current funding system, not to replace the tax base and public community dollars so essential to the core of the Library mission. Managed by the Board of Directors, the Foundation is wholly independent of the the City of Jacksonville, the Library, and the Library Board of Trustees.

Your generosity allows us to preserve this resource thereby ensuring that Jacksonville has a world-class public library system. Gifts to the Foundation are tax-deductible.

Board of Directors

Jacksonville Public Libraries Foundation, Inc.

The Jacksonville Public Library Foundation was incorporated in 1986 as a non-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization. The Library Foundation provides support to the Jacksonville Public Library over and above taxpayer support and free from political influence by building public-private partnerships and encouraging investments for the future.

The Foundation by-laws call for a Board of Directors to oversee the operations and financial health of the corporation. This is an all-volunteer membership composed of community leaders passionate about the Library in Jacksonville. Read more about the current Board of Directors here.