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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.

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.

Lending Program

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Anyone who lives, works or studies in the five boroughs of New York City is eligible to borrow from our lending collection.

Borrowing policy:

  • Up to two items may be borrowed for two weeks and may be checked out any time during regular library hours.
  • Items must be returned to the library by closing time on the due date. If the library is closed on due date, items must be returned by closing time on the next business day. So that others have a chance to use the collection, there are no renewals but after 48 hours, you may check the book out again.
  • Foundation Center staff will notify borrowers by phone or e-mail when items are overdue, but it is the borrower's responsibility to return books on time.
  • 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.
To register at the reference desk:
  • Complete and sign the Policy Agreement.
  • Show a valid photo identification card. If your current New York City address is not indicated on the photo ID, you will need 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.
Hours
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
10:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday
10:00 am-8:00 pm

Sunday-Monday
Closed
Holiday Closing:
Friday, August 29
Close at 1:00 pm
Summer Schedule:
The library will be closed on Saturdays in August. Saturday hours resume September 6.

Book Purchasing Hours
Monday-Friday
10:00 am-5:00 pm

Please note: Book sales staff unavailable Wednesday evenings and Saturdays.

Policy
Please note that the Foundation Center-New York is a nut-free environment. All nuts and nut products are prohibited. Read our full library policy.

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New York
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New York, NY 10003-3076

212-620-4230

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