For twenty-three years, the foundation has furthered the work of the Duluth Public Library by building private support, promoting public commitment to the library, and celebrating the positive role the library plays in the community. The library and the foundation, partnering together, determine where private funds can have the greatest impact without diminishing the need for strong public funding.
Last year, with the help of the foundation, the libraries were visited 84,000 times more than in the previous year; use of library computers jumped, being accessed 21,000 times more than in the previous year. Nearly a million library items were checked out, and more than 7,000 new library cards were issued. The library offered new programming for youths and teens, and kids are showing up. Foundation support made it possible for the library to replenish its collection of toys available to children, as well as to increase the number of e-readers and e-books available to the public.
Two years ago, the foundation played a significant role in promoting the passage of the referendum that allowed for increased funding for the library.