Since 1991, donors like you have helped fund the future of King County libraries. You have generously donated more than $20 million for library programs at all 49 KCLS libraries across the county. From Vashon to Skykomish and Shoreline to Federal Way - you have made a difference. 

 

Our Mission

The King County Library System Foundation promotes literacy, learning, and libraries by providing support beyond public funding for initiatives and resources that enable the King County Library System to better serve the needs of our community.


I believe in libraries. Everyone who enters the library is equal. You have a right to be there... It’s a place where information and the love of reading are both valued.
— Nancy Pearl, Librarian & Literary Lions Gala Emcee

HISTORY

Since it was established in 1942, the King County Library System has grown its collection and locations to what you see today - 49 libraries, a collection of 4.5 million items, and 10 million visitors annually. KCLS and the KCLS Foundation work together to offer core library services while making creative ideas and pilot programs possible.

1991

The KCLS Foundation is founded by a small, dedicated group of library supporters.

1994

The Literary Lions Gala launches, hosting True Crime author Ann Rule as the first Keynote Author.

2004

Generous community supporters raise $850,000 for the Library Connection @ Southcenter, bringing the library to more people through the busy retail location. The concept was so popular that the space has been expanded twice since 2004. 

2011

KCLS is named Library of the Year by Library Journal.

2014

Donors come together again to raise $1 million for the new Tukwila Library, which officially opened its doors in April 2017. 

2016

The innovative ideaX program is launched as a mobile tech learning program on-board Library2Go! vehicles, with seed money from KCLS Foundation donors.

2018

ideaX Makerspace opens at the Bellevue Library, featuring three creative studios, a sound and video recording space, a laser cutter and 3D printer, virtual reality equipment, smart sewing and cutting machines, musical instruments, art kits, and music mixing equipment.


Grants to KCLS

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*Capital Campaign or special funding

The KCLS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our tax ID number is 91-1505230. Your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

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