Orange Public Library Foundation

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

2021 Newsletter
Your Donations at Work
A Giving Tree, a Donor Wall, and Citrus Crate Labels. All offer opportunities to support the Orange Public Library & History Center.

Click here for more detailed information about donation opportunities. 

Library Foundation Donates $21,000

Our Orange Public Library Foundation presented a $21,000 donation to our Library Services Director Dave Curtis at the August 10, 2021 City Council meeting. The generous dollar amount coming from OPLF will be used to enhance and expand the Library’s technology for adults and their families. The donation will fund the replacement of legacy laptops in the lending collection at the Orange Public Library & History Center as well as laptops to establish lending collections at El Modena and Taft Branch Libraries. Funds will also replace legacy staff laptops and tablets used for programming, training, and meetings at the three libraries as well as purchase laptop charging stations.

Library Foundation check presentation

Pictured from left to right with the City Council are National Charity League - Orange/Villa Park Chapter volunteers, Foundation Executive Director Lynn-Marie Frediani; Library Services Director Dave Curtis; and Foundation Board Member Pat Buttress with NCL volunteers.

Orange Seed Lending Library Celebrates Its 5th 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.  Over the past five years, library patrons have checked out over 21,000 seed packets, and over 1,100 gardens have sprouted in Orange! The mission of the Seed Library is to nurture a community of backyard gardeners 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.  Due to the popularity of the Seed Library, a second Seed Lending Library opened at the El Modena Branch Library in September 2018, and El Modena area gardeners have been delighted to find FREE organic, heirloom and non-gmo seeds close to home.


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 February 4, 2017. You can find a Little Free Library in  El Camino, Belmont, Steve Ambriz and LaVeta Parks. The Little Free Libraries encourage reading by promoting a "Take a book, leave a book" philosophy. OPLF volunteers and the OVP Chapter of National Charity League help 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.

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