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


The Library Foundation traces its origins to two support organizations for the Austin Public Library. Beginning in 1962, the Friends of the Austin Public Library provided grassroots support for Austin’s libraries by coordinating advocacy activities. Additionally, FAPL managed the Monster Book Sale, a used book sale that raised funds for the Austin Public Library.

The Austin Public Library Foundation was established in 1996 to increase private support for the Austin Public Library’s collections, programs, and facilities. In 2009, 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.