The Indianapolis Foundation
An anonymous donor established The Library Fund in 1989 to benefit designated public, academic, and high school libraries in Marion County.
It has awarded more than $23.3 million since its inception to increase literacy, information literacy, and information access for Marion County residents. The Library Fund is a field-of-interest fund of The Indianapolis Foundation (a CICF affiliate).
Eligible libraries make use of the fund for innovative programs like these:
- IUPUI’s University Library and its Center for Service Learning are using a $30,594 grant to engage college students in family literacy programs for low-income and Hispanic residents on the Near Westside of Indianapolis.
- The Franklin branch library, as well as the high school libraries of Arsenal Tech, Beech Grove, Roncalli, and Southport, used small grants to test new programs encouraging youth to read.
- www.ilibrary.org, with an annual grant of more than $500,000, provides free access to print resources not otherwise available at any school or library building in Marion County, and to anyone who has a public library card in Marion County. Resources include newspaper, journal, and magazine articles; information from standard library reference sources; and collections of resources designed to enhance student learning and achievement.
For more information, contact Roderick Wheeler, Community Impact Director – Education.