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Believing that free public libraries are essential to our community, the Anchorage Library Foundation works to promote, fund and support the long-term vitality of the Anchorage Public Library.

Contributions to the Foundation help launch new library initiatives and pilot projects, and fund upgrades at the Loussac and neighborhood libraries.

2018 Accomplishments & 2019 Goals

ALF Donation Page

Seeking Nominations to our Board of Trustees

We are currently recruiting for our Board of Trustees. We are looking for applicants who have a passion for libraries, are connected in the community and are committed to building public support and funds for the Anchorage Public Library. We are especially interested in applicants with interest and experience in fundraising. Trustee Job Description.

To learn more, please contact Clare Ross at

Why You Should Donate to the Library Foundation

Our Library is experiencing an extraordinary revitalization as it shifts beyond traditional services, staffing and facilities to become a dynamic center for education and exploration. We need YOU to help us complete this revitalization and achieve our bold goal to ensure that ALL people in Anchorage have the information resources needed to live successful, productive lives. Learn More.

Our History

In the early 1980s, Anchorage libraries saw a period of rapid growth. The passage of municipal bonds and a grant from the state allowed for several large construction and renovation projects, including the creation of the central Loussac Library. During this time, library advocate Wilda Marston had a vision to create a foundation to support the long-term goals of the Anchorage Public Library. She realized that public funding for libraries would ebb and flow, but a foundation would ensure that the Library system would always have adequate funding to thrive. Marston gathered fellow library supporters, Eric Wohlforth, Wilda Hudson, Arne Espy and Arliss Sturgulewski, to create the first Anchorage Library Foundation board. The organization incorporated in 1982.

A separate entity from the Public Library, the Anchorage Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Tax I.D. #92-0081583. Click here for the Foundation strategic plan.

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Board of Trustees
Kim Hays, President
Sigrid Brudie, Vice President/Secretary
Amanda Ward, Treasurer
Susanne Fleek-Green
Tabitha Karpow
Karl Kaufman
Shannon Kuhn
Kenrick Mock
Deborah Mole
Mary Rasmussen
Clare Ross
Roe Sturgulewski
Chris Vaughan

Mary Jo Torgeson, Library Director

Organizational and financial reports can be found on Guidestar.

Anchorage Library Foundation
P.O. Box 244714
Anchorage,AK 99524

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