Arlington Public Library Foundation

Foundation logo NO SHADOWMost libraries exist because of funding from public sources, but it is private funds that make the difference between “good” and “great” library systems. As a nonprofit organization, the Arlington Public Library Foundation provides a source of financial assistance to the Arlington Public Library through the solicitation of tax-deductible contributions from private sources. Our goal is to provide an outstanding library for the people of Arlington.

Our Mission

The mission of the Arlington Public Library Foundation is to encourage community investment through private giving to ensure an outstanding public library for the people of Arlington.


Dream Central: Building the Library of Tomorrow

Our capital campaign for the new Downtown Library has started!


Lake Arlington Branch aquarium

What We Do

We have raised money for, and continue to raise money for such worthy causes as


Arlington Public Library’s literacy program, provides adult, family, and youth literacy services.

Youth Technology Centers

The Library’s YTCs have been established in locations where at-risk youth live, and where convenient access to technology may be limited and each YTC focuses on meeting particular needs of teens in our community.  For example, the Teen Zone at the Northeast Branch focuses on homework help, mentoring, and the arts; and The Lab at the East Branch focuses on science, engineering, and robotics.  Our plans are to transform the YTCs from physical spaces that enrich the afterschool lives of teens to virtual and mobile technology hubs that have the capability to engage and inspire teens, building the creativity and critical thinking skills needed for a productive future.

Lake Arlington Aquarium

The Lake Arlington Branch Aquarium was established in 2012 after a renovation. Many fish provide entertainment, education, and beauty for the patrons of the library.


The TechLiNK is a new concept in technology access and computer classes for the community of Arlington. It provides free computer training and Internet access to areas of Arlington where public computers and broadband Internet are scarce.

George W. Hawkes Endowment

Because of Mr. Hawkes’ influence on our city and because of his love of the written word, it is his name that will guide our efforts to ensure that there are quality library materials available for generations to come. Funds raised are added to an account and the interest on that account is used to support the collections of the Central Library.


How to Help

Gifts large and small, restricted and unrestricted are graciously accepted. Donations to the Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law and gifts provide tax benefits to donors while offering exciting growth opportunities for the Arlington Public Library System.

Contribute While You Shop

When you link your store account to the Arlington Public Library Foundation and shop at Kroger or Tom Thumb, a percentage of the sale will be contributed to the Foundation in support of the Arlington Public Library system!

Kroger: Sign up for a Community Rewards account and link your Kroger Plus Card to #80744.

Tom Thumb: Enter organization #9158 on this form and turn it in at your Tom Thumb store.

Monetary Contribution

General Donation | Collection Materials | eBooks
Summer Reading Club | North Texas Giving Day

Other ways to Donate

Planned Giving to APLF: Did you grow up with the Library? Do you use your local branch? If so, help ensure APL remains a vital civic asset for future generations.

Corporate Sponsorships: Support programs that serve some of Arlington’s most vulnerable groups.

Employee Matches: Match employees’ gifts.

Contact Andi Davis for more information on how your business can help.

Board Members

Robert S. Johnson, Chair
Jo McGovern, Vice Chair
Carole Hoyer, Secretary
Doreen Bruner, Treasurer
Claudia Gray, Library Advisory Board Representative
Linda Wise, Friends Representative
Mike Becknal
Michael Bucek
Cindy Goodyear
Jack Goodyear
Bill Lace
Sarah Merrill-Young
Scott Reading
Tony Rutigliano
Jeannine Werberig