California State Library Foundation

Reviewed in 2022 by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$1,175 raised by 13 donors

23% complete

$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 is looking to fill its vacant Board positions. We currently hold ten volunteer Board Members, and have five vacant seats to fill. We look for candidates from all over California that are passionate about libraries and preservation. We ask those who are interested to submit a bio and resume to our administrator:

The Staff Development Fund is one of the newest CSLF funds. The funding provided to Staff Development goes towards sending California State Library staff members to outside seminars, training, and development programs. With technology constantly growing and creating new tools for the trade it is important to contribute funding for outside development for staff so they can provide the best service to patrons and collections.

Contributing to our unrestricted fund allows more flexibility in how those funds are distributed to the California State Library. Instead of being earmarked for a particular fund it can be distributed to whatever is in the most need. These funds can be used for new events or services, they can go to buying new pieces for the collections, as well as staff development, outreach, and volunteer support.

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California State Library Foundation

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Board Members, Funding: Program, Funding: Unrestricted


1225 8th Street Suite 345
Sacramento, CA 95814

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