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"A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never-failing spring in the desert." 

- Andrew Carnegie

 
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MISSION

Enriching Lives - Connecting Community - Inspiring Growth - Sparking Creativity

For over a century, Palm Springs has recognized the importance of a thriving local library. From a small adobe housing its first books in 1919 to today’s stacks holding over 100,000 resource items, the library has served residents from a dozen different branches.

The mission of the Palm Springs Public Library Foundation is to continue that legacy. We aim to support the Palm Springs Public Library and to increase and broaden its use as a cultural and educational institution through financial support securing its place as an essential community resource. 

Ensuring local access to high-quality library services for generations requires more than just tax-based funding.   Although public funds make libraries possible, it is private gifts that make them flourish. 

To that end, the Palm Springs Public Library Foundation seeks to create a long-term supplemental funding program based on private contributions to augment government budgets.

Donors value public libraries, but prefer making philanthropic gifts to non-profit, tax-exempt private library foundations, where value can be maximized.  Such foundations are eligible for grants and appeal to grantors whose policies prevent donating to tax-supported entities.      

The Foundation raises funds for projects that nurture, safeguard, and support the Palm Springs Library for centuries to come: Purchase or construction of facilities, renovation of existing facilities, purchase and maintenance of materials, collections and electronic resources.  It supports adult literacy programs, children's services, and community enrichment programs.

 
 

Ensuring local access to high-quality library services for generations requires more than just tax-based funding.

 
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HISTORY

The legacy of our library begins nearly a century ago, in a small adobe house with just a few books. Hotels, a real estate office, and even a hardware served as the library in the past. But the first library in Palm Springs, as we know it, was the Welwood Murray Memorial Library, the very building we are in right now, established in 1919 and located in a Palm Springs hotel. Guests and residents alike took advantage of its offerings.

It wasn’t until 1975 that the main library was established in that iconic building off of Sunrise, the Palm Springs Library Center. The center still stands today, but is in dire need of updates. Still, we’ve come a long way from our first adobe home to today’s stacks of more than 100,000 resource items.

The mission of the Palm Springs Public Library Foundation is to continue that growth, increasing and broadening the library’s use as a cultural resource and educational institution through financial support.

Ensuring local access to high-quality library services for generations requires more than just tax-based funding. Although public funds make libraries possible, the Foundation believes that it is private gifts that make them flourish. 

To that end, the Palm Springs Public Library Foundation seeks to create a long-term supplemental funding program based on private contributions that will boost government budgets.

 

 
 

Enhancing the community's appreciation and utilization of the library as a cultural and educational institution.

 
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BOARD

 

SHARON APFELBAUM

FRED BELL

DR. TRACY CONRAD

HARRY R. COURTRIGHT

DOUG HUDSON

DR. FRED JANDT

DR. JOEL KINNAMON

GEORGE "ED" MCBRIDE

DAVID SIDLEY

PETER RITTENHOUSE 

 

 

 

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