Alexandria Library Foundation Inc

A nonprofit organization

$84,240 raised by 460 donors


All Great Ideas Begin With A Solid Foundation

Recent projects the Foundation has supported include:

  • Collections including books, digital resources, and periodicals for all locations
  • Beatley Central Library Children's Department Upgrade and Mural
  • Duncan Branch Library Garden Benches
  • Beatley Central Library Meeting Room Renovation and Equipment Upgrade
  • Library staff development and training

Samuel W. Tucker Fund: 

In 2014, the Samuel W. Tucker Fund was established to recognize Tucker’s contribution in organizing an historic peaceful protest in 1939 at the Kate Waller Barrett Library. On August 21, 1939, five African American men were charged with civil disobedience for quietly reading books after being denied library cards. As a result of the earliest known library sit-in, the Robert Robinson Library was built to provide service to the City of Alexandria’s African American residents. The Samuel W. Tucker Fund supports Library programming and collections that center on civil rights, human rights, social freedoms and equality.

Beth Patridge Fund:

The Beth Patridge Fund is an endowment in Beth's memory which helps the Alexandria Library acquire the type of books she enjoyed. Beth was a graduate of Penn State University and was one of the first women to be commissioned as a Navy intelligence officer via the challenging Aviation Officers Candidate School. She went on to complete a Master's Degree at the Naval Postgraduate School and serve a distinguished twenty-six year career in assignments all over the world. Books were an important part of her life. If you saw Beth there was certain to be a book - or several - close by. She took particular pride in serving as a volunteer librarian at overseas duty stations and wryly noted that most of her household goods shipping allowance was dedicated to her books. After retiring from the Navy, Beth made her home in Alexandria. Despite a busy second career she still found time for service, including helping maintain the garden at the James M. Duncan, Jr. Branch Library.

Amazon Smile

You can now use your Amazon purchase to help support the Alexandria Library through the Amazon Smile program. Just visit the Alexandria Library Foundation page and select it as your charity of choice. Then continue shopping as normal!

The continued generosity of the community is needed for the Alexandria Library to provide the excellence in service and materials our residents deserve. Chartered in 1998, the Alexandria Library Foundation was formed to enhance the Alexandria Library's services through private donations.

We would like to thank everyone for their generous support!

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Alexandria Library Foundation Inc

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5005 DUKE ST