Friends & Foundation

2022 TOTAL RAISED: $375,000

Libraries transform communities and we need your support.

Access to information, resources, and technology is both essential and critical. Without it, the world is harder to navigate, people and help can feel out of reach, and keeping up with advances in technology can make all the difference in finding employment and staying connected.

The Library Friends & Foundation (LPLFF) provides access and opportunites for Lawrence to learn, connect, create, and grow and you can help sustain our efforts at any level.

From donating books, making a financial contribution, or including the library in your estate plan — your gift will make a life-changing impact.

News & Events

LPLFF Events


Catch up on everything we did in 2022

The 2022 Annual Report is available for you to read. Check out every wonderful way that you helped to support the library.

Read the report here.

Spring Book Sale success

Thanks to book lovers like you, we raised a total of $22,830 at the Spring Book Sale! This incredible effort is all thanks to our dedicated book sale volunteers, and our community of readers.

Want to get involved? Check out our volunteer program and help support the library in this important way.

Louis Copt posters capture library magic

We are pleased to announce the launch of “Library Landscapes,” a new poster series that captures the magic of Lawrence Public Library through the lens of beloved local artists.

“I chose this view of the large window in the northwest corner of the building to represent the library as a window to the knowledge of the world,” said Copt. “The angles of the architecture also remind me of a ship moving forward under a brilliant blue Kansas sky. To fuel our imaginations, all we have to do is enter and explore.”

High quality reproductions of Copt’s original library artwork are available for sale as collectible posters and notecards. Limited numbers of the reproduced piece signed by the artist also are available. All proceeds support Lawrence Public Library. Order your library keepsake now.

Get Involved

Find us at 7th & Kentucky Streets on the back side of the library!

Book Sales & Donations

Every donation or purchase you make supports the library.

From shelving, working book sales, and greeting patrons, we need you!


Give back to the library and meet fellow book lovers.

Jack & Maureen Altman are big library fans — Jack even bakes treats for staff!

Ways You Can Give

Help support and sustain our efforts at any level, from dropping coins in our Fish Fund, to making a financial gift and including the library in your estate plan.

We gave legendary Soul and Gospel singer Mavis Staples a gold library card!

What We Fund

  • $146,000 block grants to the library
  • Children's Picture Book Room renovation
  • Summer Reading Program
  • Summer Reading prizes
  • Sing & Rhyme storytime
  • Read Across Lawrence
  • Joy Harjo author talk
  • Retirement Boot Camp
  • Colson Whitehead talk (Beach Author)
  • Kanopy video streaming service
  • Teen Zone refresh
  • Kansas Reads to Preschoolers
  • Dr. Bob READs giveaway books for kids
  • Deja's Reading Rainbow
  • eBooks and eAudiobook support
  • Teen Zone tech upgrades
  • SOUND+VISION Studio equipment
  • Booktoberfest
  • Junior Author Camp
  • Sara Paretsky (author talk)
  • Staff birthday coffee gift cards
  • Fish feeding
  • Weave a Tale Workshop
  • Dottie maintenance and equipment
  • Dolly Parton Imagination Library grant
  • RFID pad replacements
  • Staff Day support
  • Tuition support for staff attending library school
  • Upgrades to online catalog
  • Coffee maker for staff
  • Equity audit for collection

Learn more about how you can support your library.

The Lawrence Public Library Friends & Foundation, opens a new window (LPLFF for short) does a lot and we have a lot of fun doing it. Our board meetings are held every fourth Monday of the month at 5:30 pm in the library's Meeting Room A (no meetings in July and December). You are welcome to join us. For a deeper dive into what we do, check out our lovely 2022 Annual Report.

Kathleen Morgan
843-3833 x 131
kmorgan (at) lplks (dot) org

Director of Development &
Community Partnerships

Angela Hyde
843-3833 x 114 / 149
ahyde (at) lplks (dot) org

LPLFF Program

Logan Isaman
843-3833 x 153
lisaman (at) lplks (dot) org

Fundraising & Volunteer Specialist

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