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Our Mission

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.

Our History

A group of committed library customers started the Lexington Public Library Foundation in 1997 with the goal to give Lexington Public Library the additional funding it needed to expand and improve services, programs and facilities. 

Since then, the Foundation has helped the Library with a wide variety of funding challenges:

  • Designing lexpublib2go, a mobile app for on-the-go access to the Library's catalog and resources.
  • Restoring the Central Library’s Pendulum Clock, Atrium, and Farish Theater into a state-of-the-art facility for film, theater, presentations, and live performances.
  • Equipping the Digital Studio at Northside Branch, including audio booth, green room, and cutting-edge editing technology
  • Retrofitting the Storytime Bus, allowing the Library to take storytime activities to children in underserved areas.