Friends of the Hennepin County Library is a nonprofit, 501c3 organization

Generous donors are contributing $2.4 million to Hennepin County Library in 2024!


Total funding from Friends of HCL given annually to the library is decided prior to the beginning of each new fiscal year. Specific amounts are designated to each of HCL’s priority funding areas.

Updated on January 2, 2024

Join us in supporting the vital initiatives of
Hennepin County Library:

35.4 % of funding

Outreach & Engagement

Extending Resources and Opportunities

Offering patron-responsive programs to communities served by all 41 libraries, engaging youth, families, the homebound, the incarcerated, and more. 

33 % of funding

Student Success  

Championing Literacy and Learning

Providing students with Homework Help tutoring and Let's Read! literacy support to build foundational reading skills for lifelong success, nurture curiosity, foster confidence, and more.

18.3 % of funding

Career Development

Empowering the Next Generation Workforce

Developing strong leaders with Teen Tech Squad, Youth Advisory Committee, Young Adult Library Internship Program, and more.

12.9 % of Funding

World-Class Collection

Expanding Access to Books, Music, and E-Resources

Expanding the print and digital collection, preserving and digitizing local history, providing access to Minnesota music, and more.

See your gifts in action!

Friends of the Hennepin County Library welcomes inquiries related to its partners and performance. Financial information may also be obtained in our Annual Reports, Financial Statements, and IRS Form 990s, which are available below.

Please contact Linda Merritt, Finance Director, with questions or to request more information at (612) 543-8103 or

Proud to use your gifts wisely