Bridging the Gap

The DeKalb Library Foundation provides funds to DeKalb County Public Library beyond tax dollars to ensure the Library can provide robust, impactful program and services as well as maintain a growing books and materials collection.





Georgia Center for the Book

The Georgia Center for the Book presserves Georgia's rich literary heritage by hosting free author talks and sponsoring literary events and programs. Each year, the Georgia Center for the Books names the Books All Georgians Should Read and the Books All Young Georgians Should Read.  Click here for more information.  


Literacy Endowment

In January 2010, the Darro C. Willey Literacy Program Endowment was established with a matching challenge grant from the Betty and Davis Fitzgerald Foundation. This endowment provides permanent support for DeKalb County Public Library’s literacy programs which have been in existence more than twelve years. An investment in literacy is an investment in the future of DeKalb County.  

Books and Materials

The DeKalb County Public Library’s books and materials budget from DeKalb County has been significantly affected by the economy over the past several years reducing the number of replacement books and new books the Library can acquire each year. The DeKalb Library Foundation provides assistance to supplement the books and materials budget. Funding is allocated each year through unrestricted gifts as well as direct library branch donations and recognition gifts in honor, memory or celebration of friends or loved ones.


  • Each year, more than 1000 items are added to the books and materials collection from directed recognition and branch gifts from individuals in our community.