Who We Are

The Library Foundation for Sarasota County was established in the belief that great communities deserve great libraries. The foundation raises private donations to supplement county tax support and keep our libraries on the leading edge in terms of technology and services.

The foundation is a private, non-profit organization, and is not affiliated with county government. However, the foundation works closely with the Sarasota County Library System, and has established close bonds with the Library Advisory Board and with the various friends’ organizations. While the Friends raise money for individual libraries, the Foundation will address big-picture, system-wide needs.

Our board is made up of residents of north and south Sarasota County who have vast experience in community affairs and philanthropic causes.

What We Do

The Library Foundation for Sarasota County was created in 2011 to ensure that the citizens of Sarasota County have a strong and secure library system now and in the future. Currently, the Library Foundation is focusing on:

• Helping to sustain the county library system for the long-term future

• Meeting the needs of library users that the county government does not address

• Applying for grants to benefit Sarasota County libraries and their users

• Advocating for government and private support for libraries

• Improving the lives of Sarasota County residents by providing them with connections to community, state and national resources

• Supporting the recruitment, training and deployment of volunteers to enhance programs and services at libraries

• Enhancing library technology and collections in multiple formats and improving sharing of resources among libraries

• Increasing public awareness of library collections, services and programs – and their positive impact on the community

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