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Celebrating 40 Years of Service - The San Antonio Public Library Foundation

Celebrating 40 Years of Service

A Letter from Liecie Hollis, SAPLF Board Chair

2023 brings all the promise of a new year to the Library Foundation and the celebration of our 40th anniversary, strengthening and enriching the Library in our community. We are proud of our stewardship. In 1983, when we first began, there were only 14 libraries in San Antonio. Today, there are 29 locations and two “portal” locations. Our libraries are treasures in our community, but we must not be satisfied with their mere existence. Our libraries and their services must not be hidden gems, but cultivated and shared with our wider community. To quote Carla Hayden, 14th Librarian of Congress: “Libraries are a cornerstone of democracy – where information is free and equally available to everyone. People tend to take that for granted, and they don’t realize what is at stake when that is put at risk.” 2023, our ruby anniversary year, reminds us to renew our commitment to the Library Foundation, to improve our libraries and strive for greater literacy and free information throughout our city.
Support for the Library Foundation has always been important to me and my family, and it is with serendipitous pride and pleasure that I now serve as Board Chair of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation 20 years after my husband, Nick Hollis served.
We have made great strides over the last forty years, opening new branches, updating and renovating older branches, funding important programming and safe spaces for children, teens, adults, job-seekers, and seniors, as well as expanding digital and physical collections. Our libraries are vast and delightful repositories of history, imagination and endless possibility. Join me in our continued commitment as stewards and proponents of San Antonio’s Libraries; the crown jewels of our beautiful city.
– Liecie Hollis, SAPLF Board Chair

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Putting Your Dollars Into Action

Focus: Texana Resource Center

Each year we work with Library staff to define mutually beneficial programs and efforts that match the Library’s needs with the community and our donors’ interests.  From 2019 through 2022, our biggest fundraising focus has been on the transformation and creation of a Texana & Genealogy Resource Center at the Central Library. The 2017 Bond Program provided $700,000 to begin the first phase of the project, and the Library Foundation has been committed to bringing private dollars to the table to allow for a state-of-the-art center on the 6th floor of our flagship library. The Texana & Genealogy Resource Center is currently under construction; we are looking forward to the Grand Opening!

What We Fund - The San Antonio Public Library Foundation

What We Fund

Technology and More!

From capital improvements and repairs to new technology and system-wide programming, SAPLF raises funds to provide robust offerings for library patrons of all ages throughout San Antonio and the surrounding areas.

Thank You To Our Supporters

Brown Foundation
Nancy Smith Hurd Foundation
Dollar General Literacy Foundation
Frost Bank
Najim Charitable Foundation
Silver Eagle Beverages
RK Group
Phyllis Browning
Greehey Family Foundation
Mays Family
Semmes Foundation
United Way