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From Collections to Community Capital Campaign (2014-2018)

The Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library announced the kickoff of the public phase of its $1.4 million capital campaign to renovate and restore the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County on June 22nd, 2016.

Mayor Warren, County Executive Dinolfo, Senator Robach, Library Director Patty Uttaro, FC2C Chair Sharon Salluzzo and philanthropist Eileen Riedman helped us smash a wall to begin construction, as we renovate, restore and rejuvenate beautiful Harold Hacker Hall in the historic Rundel Memorial Building.

News stories on our From Collections to Community Campaign:

Democrat & Chronicle:

June 22, 2016: Central Library Fundraising Campaign now in public phase

July 1, 2016: Raising Money for new era at Rochester’s Central Library

The Need for the Campaign

The Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County has been a community jewel for more than 100 years. To continue fulfilling its mission to provide open access to information in a welcoming communal space, the Central Library must constantly rethink how its physical space best serves the ever-changing needs of our patrons. The Capital Campaign enabled us to expand areas within the Central Library, reintroducing the public to some of the gems of the collection, while opening up existing spaces for collaborations and much greater use of current and cutting edge technology for patrons. Careful attention was paid to preserving and restoring the beauty of the original Rundel Memorial Building and its interior décor.

The Goal of the Campaign

The capital campaign, From Collections To Community, had a goal of $3.5 million, shared among the City of Rochester, the County of Monroe and private donations and bequests raised by the Friends & Foundations of the Rochester Public Library. FFRPL’s share was more than one-third; we raised $1.4 million to support all phases of capital renovation, with special attention to acquiring new equipment and technology.

Our most recent 990 annual financial report may be obtained here, or from the NYS Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, 3rd Floor,New York, NY
or online from www.charitiesnys.com by searching for our tax ID number: 16-1347453.