The Brookline Library Foundation
The Brookline Library Foundation was incorporated in January of 1999 as a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization to raise private funds for the restoration and renewal of the main branch of the Public Library of Brookline. Since this project was completed in 2003, the Foundation has carried on with fundraising to support Brookline's libraries.
The stated mission of the Foundation is as follows:
- to support the restoration and renovation of the buildings in the Public Library system of Brookline, Massachusetts, and to make funds available for library materials, services and programs within said system, or for other purposes of the Library, as determined by the Trustees of the Library.
The stated mission of the Library is as follows:
- to provide access to recorded knowledge and information to all the people of Brookline. The Library will seek to instill in children a love of reading and an appreciation of the library's resources. It will also build and maintain collections of print and non-print materials and provide electronic access to information in order to meet the intellectual and recreational needs of all populations of the community in the most cost-effective manner.
The estimated cost of the total restoration of the Main Branch was $12 million. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has provided Brookline with a grant of $3.5 million, and in May of 2000, Town Meeting voted unanimously to fund the full project. The Brookline Library Foundation raised over $4 million privately toward the project.
Any contributions can be sent and made payable to:
Brookline Library Foundation
361 Washington Street
Brookline, MA 02445