Since its founding in 1998, the Walnut Creek Library Foundation has raised more than $6,000,000 for new and improved library facilities, collections, programs and services for both the Walnut Creek and Ygnacio Valley libraries.
The Library Foundation exceeded its goal of raising $5 million in private donations for the construction of the new Walnut Creek Library. When the City of Walnut Creek made cuts to the project budget in 2009, the Foundation raised the additional funds needed to complete the library as planned. The Walnut Creek Library Foundation appreciates the overwhelming support from foundations, students, local businesses and the many families and individuals who helped us reach our goal.
In 2004 the Walnut Creek Library Foundation raised more than $180,000 for improvements at the Ygnacio Valley (also known as the Thurman G. Casey Library) to redesign the entrance and checkout areas, seismically brace shelving, expand computer access throughout the building, and replace carpeting and upholstery. These changes made the 30-year-old library “new” again.
With the opening of the new library, the Foundation is refocusing its efforts to raise funds for expanded programs, collections and services.