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Support Your Library

three young boys posing with a My 1st library card photo frame.

Help expand access to public library programs and services and build a more equitable San Diego.

The Library Foundation SD (Federal Tax ID 33-0959608) strengthens communities by supporting and advocating for San Diego Public Libraries with the help of dedicated staff, committed volunteers, and generous donors and partners outside of the library’s budget of 3.45 percent of the city’s overall General Fund spending. Your actions and financial support make a difference in the library’s budget.

Library Foundation supporters broaden the library’s impact in the community and enable the library to provide the materials and programs that San Diegans rely on, including:

  • Digital access and learning
  • Education and lifelong learning programs (READ/San Diego, Library NExT, Do Your Homework @ the Library)
  • Early childhood education (My 1st Library Card, Summer Reading program, Where’s ODI @ SDPL)
  • Economic and workforce development programs (Adult High School Diploma, MicroBusiness Center, and IDEA Labs)
  • New materials and resources (books, DVDs, CDs, and E-books)
  • Social justice & equity (Library Master Plan, Racial Literacy Training for Librarians, “Welcoming Library” program, and advocacy efforts).

Many donations are eligible for San Diego’s Library Donation Matching Fund. Donations for library materials, equipment, and programs will be matched dollar for dollar, extending the gift’s impact.

How to Support the Library