The San Diego Law Library Foundation is celebrating its 57th anniversary this month. The Foundation was created in November of 1961, shortly after we moved into our present building at 1105 Front Street.

It is organized as a charitable trust affiliated with the Law Library. The sole mission of the Foundation is to aid the library in our efforts to provide access to justice through our many resources and programs. The Foundation is recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization established for scientific and educational purposes by the IRS. Its Board of Trustees serve without compensation and may number as many as eighteen, some of whom also serve as trustees for the Law Library.

The initial purpose was to create a mechanism by which the Law Library could more easily accept donations of money and materials in kind (books) and maintain the wishes of the donors. As a public agency, the Law Library can accept tax-deductible gifts. However, there are many restrictions on the use of charitable funds when they are commingled with public funds.