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Gain knowledge about grantmakers, their grants, and all aspects of fundraising, philanthropy, and nonprofit management. We invite you to use our library where you can search for prospective foundation funders using the Foundation Directory Online Professional free of charge, along with our growing collection of books, periodicals, and other print and electronic resources.

Laptops and WiFi


Visitors are strongly encouraged to bring their own laptops or other handheld devices. Our WiFi network provides access to Foundation Directory Online Professional, Foundation Maps, and related databases. Please read our WiFi usage policy below.

Foundation Center will also make a limited number of laptops available on a first-come, first-served basis in increments of two hours to ensure fair and equitable access for all.


  • Once you are logged in, the wireless connection is not encrypted. Therefore, Foundation Center cannot guarantee the security of any personal information transmitted during your session. Users should avoid transmitting sensitive information, such as credit card numbers, passwords, Social Security Numbers, and other personal data.
  • The use of Foundation Center's wireless connection is entirely at the risk of the user; Foundation Center disclaims all liability for identify theft, loss of confidential information or damages resulting from that loss, and accepts no responsibility for any software downloaded/installed while on premises, including but not limited to malware and viruses.
  • Foundation Center staff can provide general instructions on how to connect to your wireless service but cannot troubleshoot connections or make any changes to your laptop or other wireless device.

Lending Program

Anyone who lives, works or studies in the five boroughs of New York City is eligible to borrow from our lending collection. To identify circulating items at the New York library, search the Catalog of Nonprofit Literature.


  • Individuals must submit a completed and signed Lending Program Policy Agreement and present valid photo identification with proof of address before they will be allowed to check out items.
    • Up to two items may be borrowed for two weeks and may be checked out any time during regular hours.
    • Items must be returned by closing time on the due date. If Foundation Center is closed on the due date, items must be returned by closing time on the next business day.
    • Foundation Center staff will notify borrowers by phone or e-mail when items are overdue.
    • If an item is lost, damaged, or not returned, the borrower will be sent an invoice for the full replacement cost, plus a $5 replacement fee. Until materials are returned or paid for, borrowing privileges will be suspended. Repeated losses or late returns may result in the permanent loss of borrowing privileges.
  • A valid photo identification card must be shown in order to check out books. If a current New York City address is not indicated on the photo ID, you will need to show a utility bill or other proof of a current local address. This may be a home, business, or college address, but your name must appear.
  • Provide a phone and/or e-mail address where you can be notified if materials are not returned.
  • Renewals: To ensure that others have a chance to use the collection, no immediate renewals will be granted but you may check the book out again after 48 hours.

Library Databases

We provide free on-site access to the following databases:

Foundation Center Products

Other Databases
  • DonorSearch (individual giving)
  • Gale's Awards, Honors, and Prizes/Scholarships, Fellowships, and Loans
  • GrantSelect (incl. government grants)
  • EBSCO Nonprofit Organization Reference Center
  • LexisNexis Corporate Affiliations (and biographies)
  • Marquis Who's Who (biographical info)
  • PEN's Grants & Awards (for writers)

New Acquisitions

New materials are always being added to the library and a sampling of the most recent additions can be found in the following list. To find more materials from the New York library, search the Catalog of Nonprofit Literature.

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