While the Friends of the Library predominantly fund the library’s collection, this area is still an important focus of ACPL Foundation funding. The library runs on a materials budget of approximately $80,000 each fiscal year. Initially, this may seem like a large budget. In fact, for a library of our size, it is incredibly low.
What does that mean for the library’s collection? It means our librarians are incredibly savvy, using creative ways to combat the rising costs of periodicals, books, music, movies, and games. ACPL works diligently to make each dollar count so you can be provided with the most recent materials and a wide selection of items.
Donations to the ACPL Foundation make it possible for each member of our community to have access to free materials. Your financial help in this area encourages lifelong learning, puts books in the hands of our youngest patrons, and provides education and entertainment to all ages.
The ACPL Foundation provides a minimum of $10,000 to the library each fiscal year for technology needs. The organization funded the circulating iPad project, making ACPL the first public library in the state able to offer these tablets for check out. Funds from the ACPLF have also been used to staff technology to allow the library team to better facilitate programs and stay up-to-date on continuing education. Major technology updates have been another priority. Most recently, the ACPL Foundation funded the new website project.
The current Albany County Public Library building opened in 1981. Since then, the library has needed funding to make necessary updates. In 2009, the library conducted a building needs assessment. In short, the assessment said the building is already out-of-date. Knowing this, the library and the ACPL Foundation is always on the lookout for creative ways to make the current building work well for patrons.
Past donations to the ACPL Foundation helped with the following building projects:
- Installing air conditioning in the library
- Installing new carpet and replacing furniture
- Installing ADA compliant doors in the library’s main entrance
- Assisting in the repaving of the parking lot
- Renovating the library meeting room and historic Wyoming Room
- Creating of the Janet Shively Memorial Garden on the north side of the building
- Purchasing a new book/media drop
While these large capital projects are important, the basic building maintenance needs are equally, if not more important. The library regularly needs funding to make small repairs, to purchase building equipment, and to be prepared for problems.
Donations from our library supporters are vital to keep the building up-to-date and to keep our patrons safe.
Library supplies are a great example of the wide-ranging needs of Albany County Public Library. This is an operating expense for the library that is unable to be funded by Albany County, but is an expense the library must take on. Library supplies include items needed in the office, but more importantly, are also items needed for processing each item before it is available for checkout. The ACPL Foundation’s continued support of this area is imperative to the library’s day-to-day operations.
The ACPL Foundation understands how important a well-educated, professional, and friendly staff is to the community. While the organization does not support personnel costs, such as salaries, contributions to the ACPL Foundation directly benefit the library staff through support for continuing education. The ACPL Foundation allocates $5,000 for staff continuing education each fiscal year.
Continuing education funds are used to send library staff to the statewide Wyoming Library Association Conference, or other conferences of interest, including the Public Library Association Conference and the American Library Association Conference. Funds may also be used for staff training days or other education costs.
Beyond the $5,000 continuing education contribution, the ACPL Foundation also provides modest holiday gifts to each staff member.
Your donations to the ACPL Foundation allow library staff to stay at the forefront of library trends, to network with other library professionals, and to learn new skills to help to our community.