Long Beach Public Library Foundation

Groups & Campaigns

If you would like to know more about any of the giving options below, please contact Director of Individual Giving Thelma Valenzuela at 562-628-2441 x3 or Thelma@lbplfoundation.org.

The Giving Branch

The Giving Branch is a society of the Library Foundation’s most dedicated supporters. Its members join together to learn more about issues that impact libraries, the literary world, and literacy. Giving Branch members each give $1,000 or more annually, independent of any other gifts they may make to the Library Foundation during the year.

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Carnegie49 honors those who care deeply about the future of Long Beach’s public libraries, and name the Long Beach Public Library Foundation as a beneficiary of their estate. The society is named after Andrew Carnegie because of his generous work spreading literacy across the country by building libraries from New York to California. His library in Long Beach was the 49th Carnegie library in California.

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Fund for Race, Equity, and Justice Resources

The Library Foundation has partnered with the African American Heritage Society of Long Beach and the local faith community to create a fund for public library materials and programs related to race, equity, and justice.

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Fund for Asian American & Pacific Islander Voices

The Library Foundation is proud to fund public library materials that promote the voices, narratives, and histories of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

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Gutenberg Society

The Gutenberg Society is made up of donors to an endowed fund creating a legacy of books for the Long Beach Public Library. The books purchased with these funds come from the Library’s wish lists, and are eagerly reserved by library patrons when they become available. The Gutenberg Society of the Long Beach Public Library Foundation offers an opportunity to touch lives now and long into the future.

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Previous Campaigns

New Main Campaign

The Billie Jean King Main Library opened in September of 2019 as a state-of-the-art 92,500 square foot center of learning in downtown Long Beach. Thanks to the Library’s Founding Donors, the Library Foundation’s New Main Campaign raised more than $3.3 million for technology, programs, and enhancements at the city’s newest library.

Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library

The Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library opened in the Fall of 2016 and is the largest neighborhood branch in the Long Beach Public Library system. Thanks to the Library’s Founding Donors, the Library Foundation raised over $1 million to support enhancements and programs at the Library.