Budgets & Funding

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The budget is the backbone of library operations, pulling together short-, medium-, and long-range goals, all of which help to fulfill the organization's vision and mission. This section is dedicated to helping you find funding resources and work to secure a stable and sufficient budget, including how to work with local officials and make a clear case for funding needs.

Self-paced courses and webinar recordings on this topic are available for free in the WebJunction Course Catalog.

Most Recently Added

New Course: Grantseeking for Libraries

Publish Date: News / 14 September 2018

Funding sources for libraries is an important discussion for library staff, board members, and even the community at large. Finding and increasing funding from private sources allows libraries to better meet the needs of their communities. With the h...

From Awareness to Funding: 5 Probable Supporters and How to Reach Them

Publish Date: News / 16 August 2018

If you work or volunteer in a library, you may have heard about the report, From Awareness to Funding: Voter Perceptions and Support of Public Libraries in 2018. If you haven’t read it, here’s the good news: compared to 2008, more voters thi...

Grant Opportunities for Reading Programs

Publish Date: News / 9 May 2018

For many public libraries in cities and towns across the country, literacy programs are a key part of their public programming. These often go beyond involvement in summer reading activities, and could include year round efforts that support readers ...

Bike the Branches at Brooklyn Public Library

Publish Date: News / 20 July 2017

On May 20, Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) hosted the fifth annual Bike the Branches event, a day-long bike ride through BPL's 60-branch system, including a race for both amateurs and professionals, self-guided tours for the more leisurely bikers, and ...

Innovation in Libraries Micro-grants from the Awesome Foundation

Publish Date: News / 6 March 2017

The Awesome Foundation is an ever-growing worldwide community devoted to "forwarding the interest of awesome in the universe." Created in 2009, the Foundation distributes $1,000 grants, no strings attached, to projects and their creators.

Visualizing (and Finding!) Funding for Libraries

Publish Date: Webinar / 28 February 2017

This webinar introduces libraries to a dynamic and freely available data-visualization tool, Visualizing Funding for Libraries, which helps identify funding opportunities for libraries at national, state, and local levels.