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Frequently Asked Questions


Who is the San Diego Public Library Foundation?

The Foundation is the private fundraising arm of the San Diego Public Library system. Founded in 2002, the Foundation seeks private-sector support to supplement government funding. The Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization registered with the IRS and the State of California. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. The Foundation’s federal tax ID number is 33-0959608. Visit here  for a list of Foundation audited financial statements and tax forms.

How does the Foundation support the San Diego Public Library system?

San Diegans love their libraries. The Library Foundation helps private donors, foundations and corporations support their branch library, the entire library system or particular programs. The Foundation works with its partners, particularly the Friends of the San Diego Public Library, to attract and involve library supporters and advocate for critical public library funding.

What does the Library Foundation support?

The Foundation seeks contributions to support literacy, cultural and youth programs in addition to collections, technology and capital improvements. Many contributions to the Foundation help meet the City’s matching fund or books, materials and programming. For 13 consecutive years, the Library Foundation has worked with the Friends of the San Diego Public Library to attract funding to ensure a City match of funds for the Library of $1 million. The Foundation also seeks contributors willing to expand public access and literacy through extended operating hours. Additionally, the Library Foundation is actively involved in securing capital improvement funds for the construction of new branch library facilities as outlined in the Library’s 21st Century plan. The Foundation also seeks to build a library endowment which can ensure a reliable source of funding for library services.

Can I support my branch library through the Foundation?

Absolutely. When you make a contribution to the Foundation, you can specify which branch or program you would like to support. Gifts given through the San Diego Public Library Foundation to support collections, technology or programs at your branch library are matched with City matching funds, doubling the contribution’s impact. Also, the Foundation will ensure that your contribution is used as you intend. The Foundation may apply up to a 15 percent administration fee on gifts designated for a Library branch or Library program. You can read the Foundation’s Donor Bill of Rights. You can also make contributions through the Library Foundation which are used where they are most needed, giving the library the flexibility to respond to critical needs or special opportunities.

What kind of gifts can be given to the Library?

While gifts of cash are the most common contribution method, gifts of all kinds will be gratefully considered, including stocks, securities, real estate, life insurance policies, charitable trusts, bequests and tributes and memorials. Donors can join the Carnegie Planned Giving Society by including the San Diego Public Library in their will, trust or other planned giving vehicle.

How can I make a contribution?

Thank you for supporting literacy, access and learning in your community. You can make secure contribution online or mail a contribution to The San Diego Public Library Foundation, 300 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101. If you have questions, please call (619) 236-5836 or email office@supportmylibrary.org.

How can I find a brick I purchased?

The Foundation has created an online tool to help donors more easily find the engraved bricks they purchased at the Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common. Visit the online tool, search by name or message to locate your brick on the map. Once you find it, take a picture and share with everyone on your favorite social media sites! Don’t see your brick listed here or need support in finding your brick? For further information, call 619-236-5836 or email to office@supportmylibrary.org for further information.

How can I opt out of Foundation communications?

You have the right to “opt-out” of certain of our uses of your personal information. For example, at the time you are requested to provide personal information on this website and/or through our services, you may have the opportunity to elect to, or not to: (1) receive promotional correspondence from San Diego Public Library Foundation or (2) have your personal information shared with other companies or individuals. You may also make this request by sending an e-mail to office@supportmylibrary.org.

In this e-mail please identify which San Diego Public Library Foundation Web site or Service you are referring to (or all of them) and say whether (i) you would like to opt-out of receiving promotional correspondence (including, for example, e-mail offers) in general, or just via e-mail, postal mail, short message service, instant messaging and/or by phone, (ii) you would like to opt-out of certain of San Diego Public Library Foundation’s e-newsletters or correspondence, and if so which ones, and/or (iii) you would like to opt-out of having your personal information shared with other companies or individuals. You may also opt-out of San Diego Public Library Foundation e-mails by clicking on an opt-out link within the correspondence you receive, sending an email to office@supportmylibrary.org.