The Chicago Public Library Foundation supports collection development, programs and technology initiatives that connect library users to their community and to the world and ensure that all Chicagoans have the freedom to read, to learn and to discover at the Chicago Public Library.
Created in 1986 by visionary civic leaders who shared a conviction that private resources are essential to keeping the Chicago Public Library truly world-class, the Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization. Through the generous support of civic-minded individuals, corporations and foundations, the Foundation provides support for our signature programs, including:
One Book, One Chicago
Summer Learning Challenge
Teacher in the Library
The Chicago Public Library Foundation's support helps keep the spirit of books and the thrill of discovery alive for all Chicagoans.