San Antonio Public Library Foundation - History/Mission/Vision
About Us



The San Antonio Public Library Foundation (SAPLF) was established as a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization in 1983 by local business and civic leaders to augment the San Antonio Public Library’s budget with support from several sources including individuals, corporations, and charitable foundations.

Led by a 70-member Board of Directors, SAPLF has contributed more than $38 million in financial support and added awareness to improve our public libraries. The Foundation’s steadfast advocacy and public-awareness efforts have played a role in increases to the Library’s city-funded budgets – resulting in branch expansions, extended operational hours, and a boost in materials budgets. The Library Foundation supports a wide range of the Public Library programs targeted to all ages, with new programming and technology introduced regularly to meet the growing and changing needs of the community.

Mission Statement

To strengthen the library in service to our community.

“Without a strong Foundation, it would be difficult to move forward. The Foundation members are a vibrant, caring community, crucial to the Library system and they always bring the icing to the cake!” – Jean Brady, San Antonio Public Library Board of Trustees Chair

Vision Statement

SAPLF will continue to be recognized as the leading private advocate for the library by leveraging our strategic relationships to drive public and private resources to the library. We will continue to partner with the library to strategically identify and promote innovative programs and services that benefit the community.


Thank You To Our Supporters

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