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Organization Overview

The San Diego Public Library Foundation strengthens communities by supporting excellence in the San Diego Public Library (SDPL) system through philanthropy, advocacy, and outreach. The Library Foundation supports the entire system of 36 library branches across the City of San Diego. Our team of 11 staff members is based at the downtown Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common.

The Library Foundation increases the quality and availability of library programs and services, sustains and grows public funding for libraries, and reaches new audiences to communicate the importance of libraries in the overall health and wellbeing of the communities they serve. The Foundation functions as a conduit of support for SDPL through robust fundraising, leveraging a balance of public-private partnerships, strategic advocacy initiatives, and community outreach. The Library Foundation is an innovative, nimble organization with visionary leadership, powerful community partnerships, strong donor engagement, and solid financial reserves.

The Library Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and embraces a philosophy where diversity and inclusion are core values. As the San Diego Public Library serves every citizen in the City of San Diego, so, too, does the Foundation. A broad understanding of diversity is employed that includes, but is not limited to: race, ethnicity, national origin, class, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, and religion. The Foundation acknowledges that personal identity is complex and various.