Adding value every day

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 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.

To help make this possible, the Douglas County Library Foundation works to improve financial support for the library by securing gifts, grants and bequests. All the money collected and property acquired by the library foundation is used to support the Douglas County Library System and the 11 local libraries within it.

When the Douglas County Library Foundation was originally founded, it helped raise funds for a new library headquarters building, which was completed under budget in 1993. Since 2001, the foundation has conducted an enhancement campaign each fall to raise money to purchase more books and materials for all of our libraries. In 2011, for example, we raised $26,000 in this fundraiser.

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

Check it out!

Currently, the Douglas County Library System has 300,000 books and access to 60,000 ebooks. Here are just a few library service highlights from the recent 2014-15 fiscal year:

  • The Douglas County Library System serves 108,850 residents.
  • Patrons made 202,349 visits to our libraries, checking out 482,148 items.
  • Local libraries offered 837 programs, which were attended by 18,139 people. This included 596 children’s programs, with attendance of 14,498.
  • The libraries’ computers with Internet access served 39,051 users.
  • Local libraries added 12,965 print items, 1,249 video items and 629 audio items, as well as 1,585 downloadable audio items and 5,576 e-books to their collections.
  • Patrons borrowed 1,608 items from other library systems using the Interlibrary Loan program.