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Washington, DC Library/Learning Center


Foundation Center's mission is to strengthen the social sector by advancing knowledge about philanthropy in the U.S. and around the world. The Washington, DC 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 personal e-mail, to visit general interest websites, or for any other purpose unrelated to Foundation Center research.

Usage of the library's public computers is available on a first come, first served basis. Wi-Fi (wireless) is available on the premises.

A maximum of 100 records may be saved to flash drive; exceeding this limit is a violation of copyright. CD-ROM storage is not available. All files unnecessary to workstation operation are deleted on a regular basis.

Printing from computers is $.10 per page, as are copies made from the copier. A maximum of 100 records may be printed; exceeding this limit is a violation of copyright. Please pay at the reference desk.

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.


When visiting the Center, please sign in at the reference desk.

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.

Eating is not permitted in the library, however, a beverage with a secured lid is permitted. Water fountains are available in the foyer near the restrooms.

Cell phones must be turned off and used only in the foyer or our meeting rooms.

Visitors to the library are not permitted in any other part of the facility, 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 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 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.

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

Library Hours

By appointment
(for group tours and orientations, special events, and individual guided assistance using Foundation Center resources)


Monday, July 4

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