Our Mission

The White Plains Library Foundation proudly supports the work of the White Plains Public Library to transform lives, every day.  The Library provides critical resources for education, literacy, career development, cultural enrichment, and lifelong learning to people of all ages, every day, at the Library and online.  To learn more about the library, click here.

With the sustained involvement of many generous people, businesses, staff, Trustees, Friends of the Library, and Foundation board members, the White Plains Public Library keeps growing, and meeting the evolving needs of our community. You can help the Library maintain its high level of service excellence with your tax-deductible contribution to the White Plains Library Foundation.

The Foundation supports innovative, imaginative space improvements to attract customers and enhance service.  Following our success with The Trove, our one-of-a kind children’s library, created through the Foundation’s partnership with the City of White Plains, we are spearheading major changes to the Library’s first floor to enhance services to teens and adults.  In 2013, we opened our new teen library, “The Edge,” where teens can network, study, read, enjoy computers and media and share their creativity.

Next will be The Hub, our new adult library, that includes the Hope & John Furth Learning Commons, an adult learning area including reference and literacy collections, space for formal and informal learning, and a renovated business center.   The Hub also includes the Cafe & Friends’ Bookstore, the George & Lucia Perkins Large Print Collection, and the Marvin & Renee Kent Tutoring Alcove.  We are securing funding for the first floor renovation, and are excited by community interest in and response to this important project.

The Foundation advances library service by providing programs for people of all ages and needs: early childhood reading classes, after-school programs, homework help, teen activities, literary and cultural events, online services and expanded choices for reading, listening and viewing.

People count on the Library to be strong and responsive. The Foundation is helping secure the Library’s future as a vital community asset by investing in work to further communications, citizen involvement, customer service and strategic planning.  We are committed to help the Library rise to the challenges of today’s economic climate.