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Who We Are

The Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library

The Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library (FFRPL) is the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that conducts essential fundraising and provides valued programs to enhance and support the Rochester Public Library. In May 2013, we finalized the merger of the Friends of the Rochester Public Library (formed 1953) and the Rundel Library Foundation, Inc. (formed 1989).

The residents of Greater Rochester are incredibly fortunate to have an outstanding public library system serving more than 400,000 cardholders through its 33 branch and town libraries across Monroe County. In 2014, more than 6.2 million items circulated throughout the system, with about 4.2 million visits counted, of which 40 percent were just in the downtown Central Library and 10 City branches. The Library’s rich 104-year history of service grounds its evolution as a community and cultural center, and the FFRPL’s success and impact lies in helping the Library fulfill its mission, and in providing books, materials and programming (beyond what is possible in the municipal budget) to enrich the life of the community.

In summary, the value of an educated, informed society is immeasurable.  But we are confident that every one of the hundreds of thousands of patrons who come through the Central Library doors every year benefits – in ways small and large – from the programs, services, space, materials and/or equipment supported by the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library.  It is our honor and privilege every day to support the marvelous activities of our beloved community jewel of an institution: the Rochester Public Library.

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