The Library Foundation supports the Austin Public Library by increasing public awareness about the library and its importance to the community, and enhancing library collections, programs, and facilities.


The Austin Public Library Foundation was established in 1996 to increase private support for the Austin Public Library’s collections, programs, and facilities.  Since 1962 the Friends of the Austin Public Library has provided grassroots support for Austin’s libraries by coordinating advocacy activities. Additionally, FAPL managed the Monster Book Sale, a used book sale that benefitted the Austin Public Library.

In 2009 both the Austin Public Library Foundation and Friends of the Austin Public Library boards voted unanimously to merge, creating a single library support organization: The Library Foundation.