Library Foundation

A New Main Library! and Center for Arts & History

Boise’s new Main Public Library campus will serve as our public center for knowledge, culture, and ideas. Co-located with the Boise City Department of Arts & History and an event space, it will be a gateway to the city, but also a gateway to our history, to new experiences, and to the ideas that will shape our future. Its spaces and services, located in the heart of Boise’s Cultural District, will be available to anyone yet distinct to our corner of the world. Sign-Up for Updates! 

Ways to Give

  1. Online 
  2. By Phone - (208) 972-8258
  3. By Mail - Make check, payable to "Boise Public Library Foundation, Inc."

Boise Public Library Administration
715 South Capitol Blvd.
Boise, ID 83702

Please specify if this is a special gift in memory of or in honor of an individual.

Tax ID Requests
For questions and the Tax ID number, please contact:

Kari Davis
Administrative Assistant
(208) 972-8195

Cara Van Sant
Capital Campaign Coordinator
(208) 972-8207

About the Foundation

Led by influential community leaders, the Foundation facilitates funding of a library system of the future and secures needed private dollars to sustain library projects.  Funds raised through the Foundation are used exclusively for the benefit of Boise Public Library and are not part of the City budget.

Towards these goals, Foundation directors focus on educating the broader Boise public about the library’s benefits and on implementing an ongoing fundraising strategy. They also provide fundraising training to new directors, develop relationships with current and potential stakeholders, estate planning advisors and attorneys, and promote the potential for naming the Foundation in a legacy. 

Foundation Board Members


  • Bev Harad, Chair
    (Community Advocate)
  • Katy Dang, Vice Chair 
    (Writer, Rocker Magazine)
  • Mike Turner, Secretary/Treasurer
    (Founder & CEO, Front Street Brokers)


  • Brian Manship (Vice President/Branch Manager, First Interstate Bank)
  • Camille Franks (Resume' Coach, Right Management)
  • Carina Davio (Executive Director, Building Villages, Inc.) 
  • Celynda Roach (General Manager, Cable One) 
  • Charlene Ripke (Community Advocate)
  • Christian Lybrook (Bruneau Pictures)
  • Greg Bernhardt (Software Developer, Relias) 
  • Janice Pierce (Financial Advisor, Pinnacle Portfolio Advisors)
  • Kellie Gough (Community Advocate)
  • Ken Bass (Mornings on 94.9, The River) 
  • Margo Healy (Library Board of Trustees Liaison and Center for School Improvement, BSU)
  • Ronald Williams (Williams Bradbury, P.C.) 
  • Ryan Hill (Communications, Boise School District)
  • Shannon Davis-Jones (Volunteer Coordinator, International Rescue Committee) 
  • Zach Powell (Boise Police; Idaho Air National Guardsman)

Advisory Board

  • Bert Ellis (Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch) 
  • Dr. John Werdel (OB/GYN, St. Luke's Health System)

Library Leaders

Library Leaders are members of the community who have lent their names and support to the Boise Public Library Foundation to help build awareness of the value that libraries provide to the Boise community.  See list of Library Leaders.

Foundation History

The Boise Public Library Foundation, Inc. was formed in 1985 as a nonprofit corporation to benefit the Library.  The Foundation's first major achievement was the raising of $850,000 through a direct donation drive that was used to convert the third floor of the present Main Library building into public service space and to remodel the first and second floors. This remodeling provided space in which to house additional materials added to the Library's collection and to expand some areas to allow for better service to library users. 

Other fundraising projects have included:

  • The Bucks for Books campaign, which raised $50,000 toward the purchase of library materials.
  • Masquerade Balls and At Home events, which raised $8,000 annually for the purchase of materials and library equipment.
  • Completion of the community room at the former Boise Towne Square Mall library branch.
  • Installation of a local area computer network for public and staff access at the Main Library.
  • Plans are underway for a permanent endowment fund to benefit Boise Public Library.
Contact Us

Phone: (208) 972-8200
Telecirc: (208) 384-4450
TTY: 1-800-377-3529

Director: Kevin Booe

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