Community Building With NYC Public Libraries

Friday, November 18, 2016 -
9:00am to 11:00am EST
Philanthropy New York, 1500 Broadway, 7th Floor, NYC
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Did you know that New York City’s public libraries serve more people than all of the city’s professional sports teams and major cultural institutions combined?

With over 200 branches in nearly every community across the five boroughs, the libraries are a trusted resource for immigrants, older adults, the unemployed, young adults, parents with young children, and individuals on the wrong side of the digital divide. Every year, over 2.3 million New Yorkers of all ages attend library programs and events which cater to the city’s diverse communities.

Building on research conducted by the Center for an Urban Future (CUF) on the city’s libraries over the past three years, this briefing will present innovative ideas for how funders can make strategic investments in the public libraries to scale up high-impact programs and develop new approaches to address community needs. In addition to hearing from the Center for an Urban Future, representatives from all three of the city’s public libraries systems will be present to discuss their efforts and answer any questions.

  • Issues facing New Yorkers and how the public libraries are seeking to address them
  • Strategies for leveraging philanthropic support of public libraries to reach and enrich diverse communities throughout New York City
  • How your funding priorities intersect with efforts taking place in New York City’s public libraries


Designed for

All interested funders, especially in education, immigration, arts, community development, and poverty.


8:45 - 9:00 AM  Check-in
A:00 - 11:00 AM  Program

Registration is required by November 17th.

Members: To register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization, please log in and click the Register Now link above. (no fee)

Non-Member Funders: Create an account or log in above and click the Register Now link. ($150 fee)

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