Friends & Foundation

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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


After Hours 2023 was a Slam Dunk!

Thank you all so much for helping to support everything we do at Lawrence Public Library. We are so grateful for this caring, generous community.

We raised a total of $73,000 for the library ($48,000 for programs, and $25,000 for the new Children's Picture Book Room.)

Raffle backet winners have been announced! Check the website to see if you won!

Ross & Marianna Beach Author Series presents Jacqueline Woodson

We're thrilled to host Jacqueline Woodson, American writer, MacArthur Fellow, and New York Times bestselling author of books for adults, kids, and adolescents. Woodson will spend the afternoon with students from USD #497, then discuss her career at Liberty Hall with Giselle Anatol, director of the J. Wayne & Elsie M. Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction and the interim director of KU's Hall Center for the Humanities. This event is free, casual, and open to the public. Seating is general admission and no tickets are required. Learn more here.

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

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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.

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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.

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

What We Fund

  • Dottie truck, retrofit, wrap, and equipment
  • Susan Orlean author visit
  • Summer Reading program
  • Read Across Lawrence
  • Deja's Reading Rainbow
  • Retirement Boot Camp
  • Sing & Rhyme Storytime
  • Community Resource Needs: bus passes, hand warmers, hats, gloves
  • Staff birthday coffee gift cards
  • Children's picture book room renovation
  • Support for Hoopla eBooks and eAudiobooks
  • Public computer replacement and upkeep
  • Kanopy movie streaming service
  • SOUND+VISION Studio equipment
  • Teen coding robots
  • Volunteer appreciation events
  • Honor with Books
  • Outreach books for kids
  • Spanish translation services
  • Marketing support
  • Fish in Children's Department
  • Lobby plants
  • Seed Library
  • Mergent Intellect Database

Learn more about how you can support your library.

The Lawrence Public Library Friends & Foundation (LPLFF for short) does a lot and we have a lot of fun doing it. For a deeper dive into what we do, check out our lovely, opens a new window 2021 Annual Report.

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Kathleen Morgan
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Director of Development &
Community Partnerships

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Angela Hyde
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LPLFF Program

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Logan Isaman
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Fundraising & Library Volunteer Specialist

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