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West Palm Beach Library Foundation

Dog Tales at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach.

Homework Help Center at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach.

Front doors of the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach.

How You Can Help

People like you can also help us today with achieving this goal by getting involved with the events at the Library, giving new books to the Library, or by giving the Foundation charitable donations.  Your help ensures that the Mandel Public Library will never cease becoming a better library for the community.

Our History

By the late 1990’s, West Palm Beach had outgrown its 1960’s-era library.  The facility, which was located on Clematis near Flagler in downtown West Palm Beach, did not have adequate space for a growing book collection, computers, meeting rooms, and other amenities offered by modern libraries.  A new facility was needed to support these many needs.  Because of this, the Library would also need a new source of funds for all that tax-payers’ dollars couldn’t support.

Thus, in 2000, the West Palm Beach Library Foundation was formed as a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation and worked as this source of funds.  The Foundation sought to support the library from the very beginning, starting with their original mission to collaborate with the City of West Palm Beach in a private-public partnership to build a new library.  The City committed to contributing $15 million and the Foundation established a goal of raising $15 million from the private sector, all to establish a $30 million facility, the City Center Complex the Library resides in now.

Throughout the years, the Foundation has helped the Library expand and grow.  Furthering the efforts towards the goal of having a better Library, the Mandel Foundation gave a grant of $5 million to the Library.  Hereafter, the Library became the Mandel Public Library in honor of this generous contribution.

Through a strong partnership with the Mandel Public Library, the West Palm Beach Library Foundation determines where support will have the greatest impact.  The Foundation’s board, volunteers, and staff work hard to keep raising funds to help the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach evolve from a first-class library into a world-class library.