the foundation in action

To date, the Foundation has raised more than $3 million and has established a $2 million+ endowment fund to ensure the future of our Library and provide an ongoing stream of funding for new and emerging needs. In addition, stepping in as a matching funder, the Foundation has been able to leverage its support to bring in an additional $960,000 dollars in New York State grants over the past 7 years.


Since its founding in 1993, the NRPL Foundation has funded all or part of these critical upgrades and ongoing modernization projects.

major capital projects

  • Children’s Room renovation and upgrade
  • Enclosed Children’s Study and Tutoring Room
  • The Handelman Business Opportunity Center
  • The Bliss Music Center
  • Remodeling of the Teen Room
  • New Digital Media Lab
  • Remodeling of the Ossie Davis Theater and purchase of new audio-visual equipment and sound system
  • New 2nd Floor Conference Room
  • Renovated Lobby and Gallery Area
  • New Service Desks for Second and Third Floors
  • The E. L. Doctorow Local History Room
  • Renovation of Reference and Information Service Area, including new Information Desk
  • REACH FOR TOMORROW Donor Recognition Wall designed by clay artist Judith Weber
  • Renovated first floor Adult Reading Room
  • Provided the $92,122 match required for the Library to receive a NY State Construction desk for the new circulation desk.

smaller capital projects

  • Purchase SMARTboards for the Computer Training and ESL classrooms
  • Purchase computers for public access to the Internet
  • Purchase new meeting room tables and chairs
  • Purchase new newspaper shelves, book display cases, CD and DVD security cases
  • Commission Indoor hanging murals and an outdoor mural by local artist Dale Zheutlin
  • Preservation of the Norman Rockwell “Land of Enchantment” mural*
  • New electronic interior signage


  • One City, One Book Community Reading Initiative*
  • Spanish Storytime
  • Children’s foreign language learning program
  • Teen summer programming, including classes in African dance and drums, journaling, video production, acting, Mexican dance and more
  • Family Museum Pass Program, including free access to the Intrepid Air and Space Museum, Guggenheim Museum, children’s museums and many more

information & resources

  • Redesign of the Library’s new website
  • Professional fees for strategic long-range planning for Library Board of Trustees
  • Electronic newsletter funding
  • Pilot funding for e-book collection of adult fiction and nonfiction titles
  • Additions to the E.L. Doctorow Local History Room collection
  • Replacement of worn popular fiction books
  • Establishment of the foreign language book collection


*In collaboration with Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library.