About The Foundation

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.

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Recent Accomplishments of the Foundation:

The following demonstrates the many ways in which the Foundation and your membership serves as an active partner with this dynamic and multifaceted institution:

  • Purchases essential equipment for the Braille and Talking Book Library.
  • Publishes an informative and attractive periodical, the California State Library Foundation Bulletin featuring State Library services and collections.
  • Publishes a variety of books including a facsimile edition of the 1851 Sacramento City Directory with a history of Sacramento by Mead B. Kibbey.
  • Sponsored the Governor’s Book Fund to purchase badly needed books for school libraries.
  • Collaborates with the California Research Bureau in obtaining grant support for its many valuable programs that shape public policy.
  • Obtained notable works of art including a commissioned painting by Gregory Kondos for the Braille & Talking Book Library, a Maynard Dixon painting and mural, and abronze statue of a Chinese railroad worker by artist Edward Fraughton.
  • Acquired for the Library a superb copy of William Morris’ celebrated Kelmscott Chaucer in celebration of the Library’s 150th anniversary.
  • Purchases for the Sutro Library valuable U.S. local history books, directories, and atlases for historical and genealogical research.
  • Sponsored displays of State Library treasures including exhibitions at the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento Public Library, and State Capitol Museum.
  • Co-published Letters on Reading with the California Center for the Book. 

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