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The Foundation Center's mission is to strengthen the social sector by advancing knowledge about philanthropy in the U.S. and around the world. The New York library/learning center is a private facility open to visitors seeking information related to philanthropy, fundraising, and nonprofit management. Staff members provide extensive reference assistance and training on related topics. The library/learning center is not intended to be used as an office, recreational area, or public space.


Use of computers is limited to research on philanthropy, fundraising, and nonprofit management. Visitors may not use computers to access or send e-mail, to visit general interest web sites, or for any other purpose unrelated to Foundation Center research.

Computers are available on a first come, first served basis. Computer time is available in increments of 90 minutes to ensure fair and equitable access for all.

A maximum of 200 records may be saved to a flash drive; exceeding this limit is a violation of copyright. All files unnecessary to workstation operation are deleted on a regular basis.

E-mail is not available at public terminals. However, visitors without flash drives can save or export results to the "My Documents" folder at their work stations, and e-mail them from the laptop computer at the reference desk.

Printing from computers requires a copy card, which can be purchased in increments of one dollar. The cost of printing from computers is 10 cents per page. A maximum of 200 records may be printed; exceeding this limit is a violation of copyright. Change is not available at the reference desk or in the bookstore.

The library reserves the right to deny computer privileges to anyone who misuses the computer equipment or does not follow the established computer policies and procedures.

Prefer to use your own laptop or other mobile device when visiting the Foundation Center? You can access Foundation Directory Online Professional, Philanthropy In/Sight, and other databases through the library's Wi-Fi service. Learn more.


Visitors are expected to follow staff instructions and to treat staff and other library users with courtesy. Disruptive or threatening speech or conduct will not be tolerated.

No eating or drinking is permitted. Water fountains are available in the hall.

Please note that the Foundation Center-New York is a nut-free environment. All nuts and nut products are prohibited.

Cell phones must be turned off and used only near the elevator area.

Visitors to the library are not permitted in any other part of the facility, including the training annex, breakout area, and computer lab, unless they are attending a public program or class and are accompanied by Foundation Center staff.

Conversations in the library should be brief, quiet, and work-related.

Clothing should be appropriate for a place of business; shoes must be worn at all times.

Appropriately trained companion animals for people with disabilities are allowed, but must remain on the floor and be leashed and supervised at all times and in all areas. Companion animals may not be fed on the premises.

Bags and other personal possessions may not be left unattended. They must be stored at the visitor's assigned workstation and must not block aisles. Over-sized items such as large pieces of luggage and shopping carts are not allowed in the library.

Failure to adhere to these policies will result in visitors being prohibited from using the library.

Anyone whose bodily hygiene is offensive or unsanitary so as to constitute a nuisance to other persons shall be required to leave the building immediately. Bodily hygiene includes being free from strong odors, lice, fleas, etc.

We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to helping you learn more about philanthropy.

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

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

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
10:00 am-5:00 pm

10:00 am-8:00 pm


Friday, July 3, through Monday, July 27
Saturdays in July and August
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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