All libraries will be closed Friday, March 8th for International Women's Day.

Richmond Public Library Foundation

"A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert." Andrew Carnegie

Richmond Public Library Foundation supports Richmond Public Library's mission to Inform, Enrich, and Empower. Through grants, individual, and corporate donations, the Foundation supports new Library programs and community resources. Thank you for being here, you make us a better and stronger library system with your involvement. The Foundation is not a grant making organization.

Your support makes possibilities a reality, including the following:


Support Parents and Children by offering programs that build lifelong literacy skills


Amplify Public Investment with individual and corporate gifts, Gifts of Stock, or Legacy Gifts


Foster Community Connections and important conversations


Offer Richmond-specific resources for all people


Strengthen our Library System for almost 230,000 Richmonders, and over 1 million people regionally

Volunteer for RVA Reads

RVA Reads recruits volunteer readers to read to each preschool class at Richmond’s Five Regional Preschool Centers.

How can I help?

A tax-deductible gift to the Foundation helps us support the Library. You help us buy new books, offer new interactive and expanded programs, build home libraries for young Richmonders, and offer Richmond residents a wide range of free resources. Your gifts make a difference daily. Thank you.

Board of Directors

John Ulmschneider, President
J. Dontrese Brown, Vice President
Rich Peterson, Treasurer
Scott Firestine, Secretary
Emily Altman
Peter Blake
Fran Bradford
Ryan W. Childress
Allan-Charles Chipman
Joanne V. Frye
Jennifer Goins
Jamie Isley
Mary Lauderdale
Nissa Lipowicz
Lyn Kyle Manson
Paige Newman
Sue McFadden Patow
Felix Schapiro
Maria Juliana Villa
The Hon. C.N. Jenkins Jr. (emeritus)
Brooks Smith (emeritus)
William Yates (ex-officio)
Ruth DeBoer (ex-officio)