Library Foundation

Our city cannot be great without a Great Library. 

Since its grand opening more than four years ago the Bristol Public Library Foundation and cities of Bristol, Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia have been recognized throughout the country for our collaboration of city governments, corporations and private donors. Continuing to maintain that high standard of excellence is dependent on the generous support of community-minded donors. 

The mission of the Bristol Public Library is to Expand Minds and Build Community. The Bristol Public Library Foundation raises, manages and distributes funds to support the programs of the library.  These programs inspire readers and improve our community’s quality of life.

“Because great communities support Great Libraries”

While tax dollars keep the doors open and books on the shelves, the Bristol Public Library Foundation raises money to provide reading programs for children, supports literacy, and introduces us to new perspectives that enrich our lives.

The Bristol Public Library Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit foundation.  The Bristol Public Library is the only benefactor of the foundation whose primary goal is to support enrichment needs and educational programs that are not covered by the general operating budget from the cities of Bristol, Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia. 

Through the generous support of many civic-minded corporations, foundations and individuals, the Foundation has provided start up funding for new programs, technology needs as well as additional library staff. 

The foundation continues to raise additional funds for the library’s summer reading program as well as other targeted needs through direct grants and annual sponsorship programs.

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