About the Foundation

About the Foundation

In 1997, in order to facilitate fundraising efforts, Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) established its own foundation, Brooklyn Public Library Foundation (BPLF). Ten years later, it was felt that more could be achieved by bringing the BPLF, its Board of Trustees and its staff, back into BPL. On September 1, 2007, the New York State Legislature passed a bill that merged the BPL and BPLF boards of trustees. This merger created a single and unified Board, allowing for greater synergies amongst the Boards' members to better facilitate their mutually shared goals to enhance the prominence and reach of the Library as a world-class institution.

The important work that was done by BPLF - raising funds for special programs, services, resources and projects and in raising public awareness of the Library's dependence upon private support - will now be done by BPL's newly created Development Department.