The Free Library Fund supports the critical work of Philadelphia's public library system, sustaining the Free Library's mission to advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity throughout the city. While the City of Philadelphia provides for the Library's facilities and infrastructure, critical programs are only made possible by private gifts from people like you.

Gifts to the Free Library Fund are allocated to the areas of most urgent need each year and touch every one of the Library's 54 locations across Philadelphia. In this way, the Free Library Fund ensures that Philadelphians of all ages, stages, and abilities have access to life-changing programming and resources in their communities. From supporting the largest free drop-in afterschool program in the city—which has approximately 80,000 visits from children annually—and workshops for jobseekers to innovative and enriching programs like author conversations and culinary literacy courses, the Free Library Fund touches the lives of millions of Philadelphians every year.

For more information, please contact us at or 215-567-7710.

Annual Giving

In appreciation of their generosity, Free Library supporters receive the following privileges:

Enthusiast: $50 to $99 | Support

  • Subscription to the Free Library of Philadelphia's monthly e-newsletter, Footnotes
  • Subscription to Off the Shelf, the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation's semi-annual magazine

Advocate: $100 to $249 | Support
All of the above privileges, plus:

  • A Free Library of Philadelphia bookmark featuring an image from one of the Library's special collections

Are you a young professional? Join the Raven Society with a gift of $100 or more.

Archivist: $250 to $499 | Support
All of the above privileges, plus:

  • 10% Free Library Store discount

Literati: $500 to $999 | Support
All of the above privileges, plus:

  • Advance notice of special events and new exhibitions

Scholar: $1,000 to $1,499 | Support
All of the above privileges, plus:

  • Invitation to annual State of the Library event
  • Private tour of any Free Library location or department upon request

Leadership Annual Giving | $1,500+ Annually

The George S. Pepper Society recognizes those who give $1,500 or more annually to the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation. In appreciation of their generosity, Peppers receive exclusive privileges and access to Library events and programs. Learn more and make your gift today.

The Impact of Your Gift

After moving to Philadelphia, Sean began visiting the Parkway Central Library’s Regional Foundation Center to research nonprofit careers. RFC staff assisted Sean’s research into local positions and potential employers, helping him determine if certain nonprofit organizations were a good fit for him. Sean’s research and the staff’s assistance paid off—Sean recently found a wonderful job.

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