The San Antonio Public Library Foundation (SAPLF) was established as a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization in 1983 by local business and civic leaders to augment the San Antonio Public Library’s budget with support from several sources including individuals, corporations, and charitable foundations. SAPLF is proud to have earned the Guidestar Gold Seal of Transparency.
Led by a 40 + member Board of Directors, SAPLF has contributed more than $43 million in financial support and added awareness to improve our public libraries. The Foundation’s steadfast advocacy and public-awareness efforts have played a role in increases to the Library’s city-funded budgets – resulting in branch expansions, extended operational hours, and a boost in materials budgets.
In keeping with our mission to strengthen the Library in service to our community, SAPLF supports a wide range of Public Library programs targeted to all ages, with new programming and technology introduced regularly to meet the growing and changing needs of the community. SAPLF has been instrumental in funding the Latino Collections and Resource Center, Texana & Genealogy Collection, and public art in the Library, such as the purchase Dale Chihuly’s Fiesta sculpture in the Central Library and the loan of Fernando Botero’s Caballo Tamaño Grande bronze horse sculpture.
The Library Foundation also runs two Literacy Programs; the Literacy Caravan, that reaches out to children in underserved communities throughout San Anton ... view more »