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Council Bluffs Library Foundation
The Council Bluffs Library Foundation helps with the advancement of the Council Bluffs Library. In 1983 the foundation was created by dedicated community members who were passionate about furthering education in Council Bluffs. It is a 501-C-3 foundation and is led by an independent board of directors.
The foundation’s mission is to provide support to the Council Bluffs Public Library so it can enhance and enrich library facilities, services, and programs for the citizens it serves. The Foundation compliments but does not supplant the cities responsibility for funding library services.
The Council Bluffs Public Library Foundation was organized in 1983 by dedicated members of the community who sought to create a tax-exempt organization that could seek private donations and grants for the support of the Library. In 1984 The Internal Revenue Service determined that the Foundation was exempt from Federal Income Taxes under section 501-C-3 of its code.
The Foundations earliest goal was the raising of funds to design, construct and equip a new Council Bluffs Library facility that would replace the existing facility. This goal was achieved when over $12,500,000 was raised and a new Library was dedicated in 1998.
The Foundation is led by an independent Board of Directors and operates independently from the City of Council Bluffs. It exists solely to support the library in its provision of outstanding library facilities, services, and programs for the people of Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County and surrounding areas. It supplements but does not substitute for the traditional governmental funding of the library.
Board of Directors
Donna Schoeppner, Executive Secretary
John P. Nelson, President
Kathleen Pyper, Vice President
Brian Cady, Secretary
Francis Clark, Treasurer
Lucy Beall Graeme
The Foundations earliest goal was raising funds to design, construct and equip a new Council Bluffs Library facility that would replace the existing facility. This goal was achieved when over $12,500,000 was raised and a new Library was dedicated in 1998.
Building and Grounds improvements – $25,000
Additions to the Library collections – $158,500.00
Microfilming documents – $2,000.00
Programming – $30,750.00
Security System – $43,880.00
Staff education – $22,228.00
Summer reading program – $6,014.00
Technology updating and additions – $323,320.00
Teen Center – $161,731.00
How is the Foundation different from the Friends of the Library?
While both work together to support the Library, they are separate non-profit organizations who support the library in different ways. The Friends of the Library is a membership organization dedicated to providing volunteer service and promoting our library through well-organized advocacy efforts. The members pay annual dues and raise money for the library through book sales and the Library Shop. The Foundation focuses on fundraising and the management of library endowment funds. It works with the library to identify the best ways donations and gifts can be used to enhance the library’s service to the community.
Who runs the Library Foundation?
The Foundation is led by an independent Board of Directors and operates independently from the City of Council Bluffs. It exists solely to support the library in its provision of outstanding library facilities, services and programs for the people of Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County and surrounding areas. It supplements but does not substitute for the traditional governmental funding of the library.
What is the Foundation’s tax status?
The Council Bluffs Public Library Foundation is exempt from Federal Income Taxes under section 501-C-3 of the Internal Revenue Service code.
Friends of the Library
Welcome! The Friends of the Council Bluffs Public Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports the programs and services of the library. You can help your library by attending our annual book sale, visiting our online book store or volunteering at our bookstore located in the library. Our Flyleaf Newsletter will keep you up to date on events and programs sponsored by the Friends.
By Joining the Friends, you will help support programming at the library, as well as staff training and development. You will be invited to participate in exclusive Friends activities and events and receive the Friends newsletter. Come in and fill out a membership form or join online using PayPal below.
Each fall the Friends sponsor a massive book sale held at the Council Bluffs Public Library. This event is free and open to the public, and proceeds support library programs and services. Members of the Friends enjoy special, exclusive pre-sale entrance. Interested in volunteering? Call 712-323-7553 (ext. 112) or fill out our volunteer application.
The Friends of the Library Bookstore at the front of the library features great books at low prices. Stop in to see our current selection of new books! The bookstore is staffed by volunteers, and hours are subject to change. The store is usually staffed Monday 10-12, Tuesday & Wednesday 10-6, Thursday 10-3, Friday 10-2, and Saturday 10-12.