Since its beginning in 1984, the Eugene Public Library Foundation has worked to enhance Eugene Public Library programs and materials. Then Library Director, James Meeks and the already-established Friends of the Library recognized the need for a fund and gift management organization for the long term benefit of our Public Library. The Foundation was born, and went on to raise over five million dollars for the current Public Library building at 10th & Charnelton and the Eugene community. We are grateful for their vision.
As of April 2015, the Eugene Public Library Foundation has raised over $9.1 million for the enhancement of our Eugene Public Library. Because of the additional revenue provided by generous donors, the library is able to offer services over and above the basic funding level provided by local government. Online databases such as Consumer Guide, Morningstar Investment Research, Mango Languages, Online Homework Help, Ancestry.com and Auto Mechanics are only some of the resources available for free to Eugene Public Library cardholders. The Foundation provided start up costs for Wi-Fi in all branches of the library. We also provide funding for library programs such as Lucky Day Books, Storytime-To-Go; (outreach to daycare centers,) The Big Read, Outreach to Seniors, Business Resource Development and thousands of new books every year. The Imagination Library of Eugene is the latest program to be made possible by Foundation funding and all of our amazing benefactors, that understand so clearly the crucial need for literacy programs for early readers. Read more about Imagination Library of Eugene.
In partnership with the Eugene Public Library, the Foundation continues to be committed to literacy and information access for everyone seeking learning and enlightenment. Our core values include a commitment to children’s literacy, support of Eugene businesses, promotion of our Public Library as a community hub and access to the best materials possible as we continue to support and enhance the Eugene Public Library. We are honored to be working with a talented Eugene Public Library staff, who is completely dedicated to serving our community. We are deeply grateful to our Eugene city government and the people of Eugene, for their commitment to library services for everyone.