Adding value every day

The Douglas County Library Foundation works to improve financial support for the libraries by securing gifts, grants and bequests. All the money collected and property acquired by the library foundation is used to support the libraries of Douglas County.

Libraries matter. For that reason, the Douglas County Library Foundation was founded in 1981 to help support the work that the Douglas County Library System does each day.  Our role has become even more important since the countywide library system was dissolved in 2017.  The Foundation conducts an enhancement campaign each fall to raise money to purchase more books and materials for all of our libraries.  In addition, we fund the Summer Reading Programs held in all of our libraries.  Your donations are critical to the survival and operation of all of the libraries in Douglas County.

Our 18-member volunteer board is comprised of people from our community who understand that libraries improve childhood literacy, provide computer access essential for job seekers and open doors to a world of information through books and online resources.

Our efforts make library dollars stretch farther, giving those services that each library provides even greater value.

Libraries matter.

Check out the stories to learn about how libraries matter to Douglas County residents. Find the library closest to you, read news about libraries, and feel free to donate. And, here are some quotes about how libraries matter:

“When you are growing up, there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully-the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equalizer.” –Musician Keith Richards

“I could be happy if I could think that the role of the library was sustained and even enhanced in the age of the computer.” –Bill Gates

“Libraries are community treasure chests, loaded with a wealth of information available to everyone equally, and the key to that treasure chest is the library card. I have found the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card.” –First Lady Laura Bush

“The part of my education that has had the deepest influence wasn’t any particular essay or even a specific class, it was how I was able to apply everything I learned in the library to certain situations in my life. . . The library takes me away from my everyday life and allows me to see other places and learn to understand other people unlike myself.” –Musician Gloria Estefan

“Librarians have always been among the most thoughtful and helpful people. They are teachers without a classroom. No libraries, no progress.” –Broadcaster Willard Scott