Burlington Public Library Foundation

The Burlington Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization established in 1982. For nearly 40 years, the Foundation has invested donations for a long-term impact with a goal of enhancing library services to improve the lives of individuals and advance the well-being of our community.

In the last fiscal year, the Foundation board granted $210,523 to the library to be able to:

  • Convert the parking lot lights to LED,

  • Remodel the former coffee shop space into The Create Space,

  • Enhance the library’s circulating collection,

  • Develop the Toddler Interactive Learning Center,

  • Add to the library’s collection of mobile hotspots that can be borrowed,

  • Replace computers,

  • Upgrade the library technology network,

  • Offer teen internships, and

  • Replace the library’s dated self checkout stations.

For the current fiscal year, the Foundation board has committed over $100,000 to address enhancements recommended by the Library Board of Trustees to collection development, building needs, technology upgrades, and program support.

The Library Foundation was a major donor for the beautiful new library facility that opened in 2006.

A special bequest to the Foundation from Dr. Rudy and Kay Buescher provides poinsettias annually in December.

The Foundation has also sponsored a Genealogy Workshop in April.

If you are interested in making a gift to the LIbrary Foundagtion or including the Library Foundation in your estate planning, you can call the library or email Brittany Jacobs, Library Director, at bjacobs@burlington.lib.ia.us for additional information.