Orange Public Library Foundation

For more than a century, Orange Public Library has been providing essential library services to local residents and businesses. Established in 1885, three years before the City of Orange incorporated, the Orange Public Library system has grown to include the recently constructed and expanded Orange Public Library & History Center and two branch facilities (Taft and El Modena).

The City of Orange Public Library Foundation was established in 1998 as an innovative, collaborative effort by local leaders and municipal officials united by a common goal: To strengthen support for Orange’s public libraries in order to develop an outstanding library system.

OPLF bridges gaps in tax-based funding through the cultivation of public/private partnerships. Its funding ensures that the community’s growing needs for library services and programs are met by developing library support from individuals, businesses, and community organizations.

OPLF is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit public benefit corporation, and its federal ID number is: 33-0803671.

OPLF Newsletters

Fall/Winter 2017
Your Donations at Work
A Giving Tree, a Donor Wall, and Citrus Crate Labels. All offer opportunities to support Orange's Public Library & History Center.

Click here do download a brochure with more detailed information.

Library Foundation Donates $40,000

Our Orange Public Library Foundation presented a $40,000 donation to our Library Services Director Dave Curtis at the July 10, 2018 City Council meeting. The generous dollar amount coming from OPLF will be used to purchase books and magazines, refresh the libraries with new technology and furniture, and support Library programs, including the 2nd annual OPL Comic-Con.
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Orange Seed Lending Library Celebrates Its 2nd Anniversary

The Seed Lending Library at the Orange Public Library & History Center, a collaboration between the Orange Public Library Foundation and Orange Home Grown, premiered in March 2016.  The mission of the Seed Library is to nurture a community of backyard farmers and seed savers in and around the City of Orange.  Community members may come to the OPL & HC and borrow FREE organic, heirloom seeds (donated by seed companies) for their garden from a repurposed card catalog.  Once they grow these plants in their garden, community members who let a few plants ‘go to seed’ may return the same amount of seed (or more) to the Library as they borrowed at the beginning of the growing season.  Over the past two years, library patrons have checked out over 10,000 seed packets, and over 500 gardens have sprouted in Orange!

Teen Laptop Winner

Congratulations Zoe! Zoe attended the 2016-2017 STEAM for Teens programs sponsored by the Orange Public Library Foundation and Edison International. Teens entered to win this laptop each time they attended one of the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math events.

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OPLF President Kim Nichols  gives her support to Zoe who will use this laptop to complete her homeschooling assignments.

Little Free Libraries

Eagle Scout Max Lochrie completed his leadership badge in partnership with the Orange Public Library Foundation and Troop 241 by building and installing four Little Free Libraries in our City of Orange parks on Feb. 4th, 2017. You can find a Little Free Library in  El Camino, Killefer, Steve Ambriz and LaVeta Parks. The Little Free Libraries encouage reading by promoting a "Take a book, leave a book" philosophy. OPLF volunteers will maintain the libraries with donations from the public and the Friends of the Orange Public Library as needed. For more
information, please call (714) 288-2470.

 Boy Scouts in front of a small library display.