California State Library Foundation

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$5,000 Goal

In its historic setting across from the Capitol, and its modern facility across the street, the California State Library provides a sense of place that is both a mirror and memory of California history. While the State Library and its services continue to be funded by the state and federal government, competition for funds has become keen in recent years.

Like all public institutions today, the State Library must look beyond tax revenue to accomplish its objectives. To that end, the California State Library Foundation was established in 1982, providing private support for the State Library's programs and goals. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, public charity governed by an independent Board of Directors. The membership of the Foundation includes over 500 members, with over 100 lifetime memberships.


The California State Library Foundation is the independent philanthropic partner of the California State Library in strengthening information resources which enrich the social and cultural heritage of California and its people.


The California State Library Foundation is in need of new members to help support our long term goals, such as collection development. Our Foundation relies on our membership base to create available funding for the California State Library and its various departments. All memberships can be designated directly to a department to fulfill their yearly needs. All memberships come with an annual subscription to our quarterly publication, The California State Library Foundation Bulletin. For more information, please visit our website .

We are also currently seeking funds to assist the State Library in preserving fragile nitrate photography collections. Nitrate photography is extremely unstable and can be volatile if not stored properly. The best way to store these collections is to freeze them which helps to slow down the degradation and minimize any risk of spontaneous combustion. Due to the extreme risk in handling these collections the cost for digitization and stabilization has a high price tag. Any contribution towards this goal would help offset earmarked funds held at the Foundation that could be used for collection and staff development.

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California State Library Foundation

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Board Members, Funding: Program, Funding: Unrestricted

Local Counties Served

El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Yolo


1225 8th Street Suite 345
Sacramento, CA 95814

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