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 Free 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.

All gifts to the Free Library Fund are fully tax deductible. For more information, please contact us at or 215-567-7710.

The Impact of Your Gift

Sheila needed a job, but she lacked a computer at home to conduct searches and apply for positions. One day, she noticed a Free Library Hot Spot in her neighborhood and stopped in. With the help of the Hot Spot assistants, Sheila became a proficient computer user and applied to several jobs. She still visits the Hot Spot to develop her new skills, but she can’t come as often anymore: She’s too busy working at her new job!