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

Generous donors are contributing $2.3 million to Hennepin County Library in 2023!


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 5, 2023

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

32.5 % of funding

World-Class Collection

Expanding Access to Books, Music, and e-Resources

Expanding the physical and digital collection, Special Collections preservation and digitization, MNspin local music streaming platform, and more.

29 % of funding

Community Outreach  

Extending Resources and Opportunities

Culturally responsive outreach to communities served by all 41 libraries, the homebound, the incarcerated, patrons experiencing homelessness, and more.

28.5 % of funding

Youth Development

Empowering the Next Generation

Homework Help, Summer Learning, Teen Tech Squad, Best Buy Teen Tech Center programs, and more.

10 % of Funding

Workforce Development

Training and Building the Workforce of Tomorrow

Specialist Trainee Program to reduce hiring barriers and diversify library staff, SCOPE (Student Collegiate Opportunities for Professional Employment), 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