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Over 25 Years of Redwood City Public Library Support

Since 1998 the Redwood City Library Foundation has raised almost $4 million to provide funding for important library initiatives.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to support Redwood City Public Library in cultivating literacy, life-long learning, and community connections.

Our Vision

We envision a community where everyone has access to information, knowledge and technology.


The Foundation is a not-for-profit organization 501(c)(3) established in 1998 and governed by a volunteer board of directors. A professional staff raises and administers gifts and ensures the effectiveness of funded programs.

Working with individual, foundation, and corporate donors, the Foundation acts as the “fundraising arm” of the library. We solicit donations to support specific services, improvements, collections and programs. We work with the Library to identify the best way donors’ gifts can enhance the Library and meet the ever changing needs of the community.

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The 2nd Annual Upscale Pub Crawl on October 11 was an outstanding success! Over 500 tickets were purchased for the event, recognizing 2023 Banned Books Week. Thank you to all who attended, to our Pubs and our Sponsors! 

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Share Your Stories 
Libraries are full of stories. What's your library story?

Share your Redwood City Public Library Story and help the Redwood City Library Foundation fund more library initiatives!


We encourage you to Share Your Story about how the Redwood City Public Library has made a difference to you, whether that's helping you get a job, helping you learn a new skill, helping your child with reading -- whatever it is that's made a difference.

Go HERE to share your library story.

Check out more stories at #sharelibstories

Bridging the Digital Divide

Even with pandemic relief resources, many people still do not have reliable internet access at home for homework, research and education. In the library building, anyone can use the library's internet, but for those who need reliable internet at home or away from the library, library card holders can check out a "hotspot," a personal Wi-Fi device, for use anywhere for a 3-week interval (just like books!).


Laptops are available for check out in the library which allows patrons to move anywhere in the library for social distancing (rather than the old desktop computers, although they are also still available). When the library was closed during the pandemic, these laptops were loaned to patrons who requested them like Canada College students, Familias Unidas students, Upward Scholar students and Project READ students until they could be provided with other devices. 


RCLF provides the funding to support the purchase, maintenance and cell phone contracts for the personal Wi-Fi devices and educational laptops in use at our libraries. 

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Makerspace in the Library


The Makerspace is now open and has begun hosting a variety of programs and activities!  Come to the library to create, craft & collaborate. 

Join programs like the Art Salon - Charcoal Drawing for Beginners; Digital Makers - Slow Motion Photography; Open Sewing; and so much more. Learn more about the Makerspace operations here.


There is still time to help us fully equip the Makerspace. The Podcast Room, 3D printers and laser cutters are coming soon. 


Redwood City Library Foundation's Newsletter is published in the Spring and Fall.

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Thank You to our Major Donors

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Volunteer With Us

We're always on the lookout for people who want to make a difference.

Programs We Support

We provide funding for resources, programs and services that take our library system to a new level of excellence.

Our Events

From fundraising dinners to festivals that atrract thousands of people, there's something for everyone.

Meet the Team

Find out more about the team of people behind the Redwood City Public Library Foundation.

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