The Summit County Library Foundation's mission is to serve as an advocate for the Summit County Library System by providing financial support beyond the Library's normal operating expenditures, when unanticipated needs arise and for capital projects.
The Foundation was established in 1990 to raise funds for the Summit County Libraries, and was granted 501(c)(3) status on August 26, 1991. Since inception, the Foundation has fueled fundraising efforts for large-scale capital campaigns, like the 2011 South Branch library expansion in Breckenridge.
The all-volunteer Foundation board provides around 400 volunteer hours each year, enthusiastically supporting the library's mission to discover, connect and inspire. This year, we want to continue to support the library when our community needs its resources most.
The Summit County Library is creating a world-class library system that serves every aspect and demographic of our community. The Library Foundation is asking our community to support the library and ensure that Summit County libraries will be a vibrant community resource and center for many years to come.
Summit County Library has significantly increased digital services by adding numerous, varied digital services for all ages. If you have a library card, you have access to these programs for free. You can learn a new language, learn a new craft, take an on-line class, check out e-books and magazines, learn how to code, and much more whatever your age is! The Library provides a virtual summer reading program with Beanstack software with free books throughout and several prizes at the end for top readers.
The Library continues to provide critical resources like computer use, technological assistance, printing needs, and meeting or study rooms available to the public, private or non-profit organizations. All three branches provide free programs and events for preschool and elementary age children, teens, and adults. Self-check-out machines have been installed. After checking out their own materials, patrons then have the option to print a receipt with the due dates or not. Using the account feature on the self-check, patrons are now able to check their account for overdue items and may renew items. The library has done away with overdue fines.
All of these services, programs, and support will be even more important and appreciated in a remodeled Main Branch and an expanded North Branch. Your support for our libraries in Summit County is greatly appreciated!