Framingham Public Library Foundation

Open the Door to Tomorrow

The Trustees of the Framingham Public Library (FPL) established the Framingham Public Library Foundation (FPLF) to create a legacy for the future of both Framingham libraries.

As the Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, your contributions are tax deductible.

The Foundation’s long-term goal is to create an endowment fund that will supplement, but not replace, funds received from the Town of Framingham.

The FPLF’s current goal is to raise $150,000 to purchase, outfit, and operate a bookmobile that will bring library resources and programs to people with limited access to the library. 

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Your contribution toward the purchase of a bookmobile will help the Library bring its many resources to after-school programs, homebound individuals, senior citizen centers, low-income neighborhoods, English language learners, and social service agencies. You will help make those resources available to residents of all ages who might not otherwise access them.

Adults and children will be able to sign up for library cards on the bookmobile. Young children will enjoy story times in the bookmobile just as dozens do every week in the main and branch libraries.

By circulating throughout the community, the bookmobile will address unmet needs. Now a volunteer driver can only serve five or six homebound individuals, whereas Library staff will drive the bookmobile and make numerous stops weekly.

The FPL bookmobile, its contents and upkeep will cost approximately $150,000. The vehicle with an accessible lift and essential technologies costs $85,000; the initial on-board collection (books, periodicals, movies, music) costs $25,000; the two-year service maintenance plan, including technology upgrades, vehicle maintenance, and purchase of new materials will cost $40,000.

Through the generosity of an anonymous library patron, all donations made by private individuals through February 15, 2018 will be matched 100%, up to a total of $20,000! Every dollar you give will be doubled.

Donate online here:

Or mail a check to the Framingham Public Library Foundation, 49 Lexington Street, Framingham, MA. 01702.

With a new bookmobile the FPL will be able to reach out to underserved populations in various locales. We will measure success by the number and types of materials circulating, the number of new library cards issued, the number of children attending story times in the bookmobile, the number of homebound individuals reached, and by surveys of patrons.

Click here to display an infographic about the Bookmobile Project!

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The Foundation’s first goal was to raise $600,000 to help offset the town’s cost of building a new McAuliffe Branch Library. With the help of hundreds of generous donors, we achieved that goal, and the Foundation presented a check for that amount to the town at Town Meeting on October 20, 2015.

The Foundation’s goal in 2016 was to help pay for audio/visual equipment for the Costin Room at the Main Library. With the new broadcasting equipment citizens at home will be able to watch Library programs in real time. 

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