The Library Foundation
Springfield/Greene County, Missouri | https://foundation.thelibrary.org/
Younger patrons who love the Library Center may not remember a time when the district's flagship facility didn't exist. In 1993, The Library Foundation was created to support the opening of the newest branch six years later in 1999.
For 28 years, The Library Foundation has been promoting charitable giving to benefit Library programs and services. Property tax dollars alone cannot support what we do. Gifts from individual donors, corporations and foundations allow the Springfield-Greene County Library District to bring information, technology and culture within everyone’s reach, creating more informed, engaged citizens.
In 2016, the Foundation successfully completed the ReNew Brentwood Capital Campaign, raising more than $2.5 million for the renovation of the Brentwood Branch Library. The branch was renamed Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library after Jewell Schweitzer, the principal benefactor.
The Laton Endowment, established in 2017, surpassed $500,000. This fund was created with a generous estate gift from longtime patron Ursula Marie Laton. This is a new source of unrestricted income for The Library. As the endowment grows, so will usable income from the earnings.
In 2018, The Library was able to purchase cutting-edge technology in the MagicBox, thanks to Mr. David H. Jones, a Springfield attorney and library supporter. His $38,000 gift provides a new way to view digital images, videos, artifacts and rare books. This interactive exhibit is housed at the Library Center.
In the fall of 2019, the Ball Foundation awarded The Library Foundation a $108,000 grant to enhance the children’s area at Library Station. The Play and Learn Center will feature interactive toys and furniture to encourage open-ended play and reading.
How You Can Help
We challenge our donors to build a thriving community and inspire lifelong learning through financial gifts that support the Springfield-Greene County Library District.