About the Memphis Library Foundation

The Memphis Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization established in 1994, chartered as the Foundation for the Library. The Memphis Library Foundation mission is to enhance the Memphis Public Libraries, by securing needs and funding through private support.

Read more about supporting the library here.

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The Foundation’s first objective was to organize and conduct a capital campaign for the Central Library, for which it raised $21.5 million. To date, the Memphis Library Foundation has raised nearly $30 million in funds to support the important work of the Memphis Public Library & Information Center.

A recent objective included raising $2 million for the construction of CLOUD901, a teen learning lab, which the foundation exceeded. More recent objectives, all of which have been met, include: upgrading the WYPL radio station (89.3FM) to include live streaming, providing over 10 free summer camps for teens and tweens, adding additional materials for programs and collections, and completing 8 DiscoverREAD centers, providing early literacy learning for young kids and their families.


Download our latest annual report and view our latest 990 form here:

Audited Financial Statements – FY17

FY2017 MLF Annual Report