Where Do Libraries Get Additional Funding for Programs?

“Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers’ Project” Online Site Support Notebook

Libraries participating in past ALA Public Programs Office projects have reported receiving funding for programs from the following:

Nonprofit sources

  • Friends of the Library
  • Science/history professional organizations
  • State humanities councils
  • State and local arts councils
  • University administration (lecture series funds, events planning and coordination committees, dean of faculty, history department, African American studies department, humanities division, president’s/provost’s/chancellor’s funds)
  • Community college cultural advisory board, educational foundation, contracts and grants department
  • Local/regional/state family foundations
  • County historical societies
  • Professional service organizations (The Links, Inc., an organization for African-American women; Zonta, a national organization of women in business; Kiwanis; etc.)
  • Centers for the Book

For profit sources

  • Credit unions
  • Computer networks and computer stores
  • Target and other department stores
  • Banks
  • Auto dealerships
  • Supermarkets
  • Hardware stores
  • Newspapers
  • Utility companies