The Sausalito Library Foundation ensures the sustained excellence of the Sausalito Public Library by securing a permanent revenue source to enhance the Library’s programs, materials and environment.
Governed by a 7-member Board of Directors and supported by a 16-member Advisory Council, the Foundation is organized as a public charitable organization, entitled to receive fully tax-deductible contributions. The Foundation fund has been built by contributions from individual donors and community grants. Thanks to careful investment strategies and the generosity of our donors, this fund has grown each year. Please lend your support!
In 2016, the Foundation completed a seven-year project to digitize Sausalito newspapers back to 1885. The collection covers The Sausalito News from 1885 to 1966 and the Sausalito Marin Scope from 1971 to 2016. The Marin Scope collection will be added to on an annual basis.
In 2012 and 2013, the Foundation matched funds with the Library’s capital improvements fund to optimize existing library space, expand its electronic capability, provide more usable space for children, and accommodate the increased traffic in our small, but comfortable facility.
Space Needs Assessment
In July 2010 the Library Foundation engaged the library facility planning firm of Page + Moris to assess the Library’s space needs and to identify strategies to more effectively use current Library space. The April 2011 Space Needs Assessment recommends both short- and long-term improvements.
To expand, deepen, and diversify the Library’s connection to the community, the Foundation funded a long-range strategic plan in 2007 that served as a blueprint to help staff prioritize resources and activities and guide the Foundation’s grant-making decisions. More recently, the Foundation funded a visit from library futurist and consultant Joan Frye Williams in June, 2013, to help begin a new round of strategic planning. Williams also gave a public presentation on the future of public libraries.