William Penn Foundation To Give $25 Million For Free Library Renovations

 

“Siobhan Reardon, president and director of the Free Public Library, stands amid the rows of unused stacks at the Central Library that will be transformed into public space using a $25 million grant from the William Penn Foundation.” | Photo: Emma Lee, for NewsWorks

Siobhan Reardon, president and director of the Free Public Library, stands amid the rows of unused stacks at the Central Library that will be transformed into public space using a $25 million grant from the William Penn Foundation. | Photo: Emma Lee, for NewsWorks

  • In its largest donation to date, the William Penn Foundation will give the Free Library of Philadelphia system $25 million, reports NewsWorks. About $7 million of that has been earmarked for ongoing renovations to the Logan Square’s Central Library, where 40,000 square feet of space will be repurposed for public use. The other $18 million will go towards the reworking of five branches, creating more accessible and less imposing façades; FLP’s $40 million “Building Inspiration” campaign envisions these neighborhood branches as didactic centers for communities with specific needs.
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