MISSION AND HISTORY
The Foundation for BCPL provides additional resources to enrich the Library’s commitment to empower the citizens of Baltimore County to explore, learn, create and connect.
- To provide funding for projects that encourage children and young adults to cultivate a life-long enthusiasm for reading and learning.
- To act as advocates for the library to ensure that library services continue on into the future.
- To raise funds for specific programs or projects that enhance systemwide Baltimore County Library goals and objectives.
The Foundation for the Baltimore County Public Library was founded in 1998 to support Baltimore County’s commitment to a superior public library system. The Foundation for the Baltimore County Public Library views reading as a critical and fundamental tool for overall connection to the community, development of curiosity and exploration of the world. The Foundation motivates all customers of BCPL, regardless of age or economic circumstance, to embrace reading. The Foundation’s support of the library is made possible by contributions by individuals, businesses and other foundations. Your donation provides funding for a range of activities to promote a love of learning, the development of early childhood literacy and to continue lifelong learning for children and adults.
BCPL plays a vital role in the community with 19 branches, circulation exceeding 10 million items and providing computer access to nearly 1.1 million people. BCPL serves annually 5 million visitors to its branches and 5.5 million visitors to its website. BCPL continues to be a driving force in providing educational, cultural and enrichment activities to the citizens of Baltimore County.