About the Foundation

The Princeton Public Library Foundation, a 501c3 organization, was established in 1996 by a group of citizens who realized that the annual $1 million gap between public support and the cost of providing leading-edge library services could jeopardize the library’s long-term health. The Foundation was incorporated in 1997.

The Foundation has pursued its original vision of generating private-sector support to provide a stable source of funding for the library. This income supplements the generous tax-based funding (80% of operating costs) provided by the Borough and Township. A lead gift from George and Estelle Sands created an Endowment Fund in 2003, following a successful building campaign. In 2010, the Foundation completed its Centennial Endowment Campaign building our endowment to $10 million in donations and pledges.  A portion of this endowment is restricted to fund the development of humanities programs and collections as described under the terms of the National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant. 

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Grants and Awards
Princeton Environmental Film Festival wins the Highsmith Award of Innovative Library Programming
In the News
A 4 Star Library for the second year
$500,000 Gift from the Scheide Fund
Library Awarded $1 Million Challenge Grant