We strengthen communities, one library at a time.

Library Strategies is a nonprofit organization that partners with library organizations nationally and internationally to cultivate their potential so that they can better serve and strengthen their communities.

Learn how our unique expertise and approach can support your goals.

  • Community Engagement

  • Actionable Tools

  • Equity Approach

Our approach, tailored to your needs

We help you serve your community by engaging your community. We spend time listening to people across your community, to understand their aspirations and what they hope for from their library. We help you turn this insight into practical strategies to hone your services and deepen your community relationships for years to come.

We empower you with tools for meaningful change. Together we'll create straightforward, actionable plans based on our proven process and equip your team to be champions for sustainable change.

We embed equity into every phase and every plan. Your library will thrive when every person feels welcome to participate and valued for who they are. We bring our commitment to embracing and celebrating diversity, creating inclusive environments, and producing equitable outcomes for every project and partnership.

We recruit library leaders from across the field to share their expertise.

We have decades of combined experience working with hundreds of libraries. We'll put together the right team to address your unique project.

We are housed within a library support organization, so our mission is your mission.

Founded in 1945, The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library is a national leader in library support. Nearly two decades ago, The Friends created Library Strategies as a way to share this expertise and strengthen libraries across the country, so that every community has a dynamic library at its heart. 

We have worked with hundreds of libraries and library organizations across the country.


Anoka County Library (MN)
Bayport Public Library (MN)
Bozeman Public Library (MT)

Brentwood Library (TN)
Chattahoochee Valley Libraries (GA)
Citizens Library (PA)
Clarksville-Montgomery County Library (TN)
Commerce Township Public Library (MI)
Duluth Public Library (MN)
Friends of the Bozeman Public Library (MT)
Friends of the Maple Lake Public Library (MN)
Glencoe Public Library (IL)
Gwinnett County Library (GA)
Hudson Area Joint Library (WI)
Menomonie Public Library (WI)
Minnesota Genealogical Society (MN)
Newark Public Library (NJ)
Normal Public Library (IL)
Stillwater Public Library (MN)
Traverse des Sioux Library System (MN)
Washington County Library System (MN)
Washington County Library System (PA)
White Plains Public Library (NY)


Carver County Library (MN)
Duluth Public Library (MN)
Muscogee Public Library Foundation (GA)
Wadsworth Public Library (NY)


Anchorage Public Library Foundation (AK)
Bozeman Public Library Foundation (MT)
Clarksville-Montgomery County Library (TN)

Fairhope Public Library Foundation (AL)
Friends of the Inver Glen Library (MN)
Gunnison County Library District (CO)
Grosse Pointe Library Foundation (MI)
Houston Public Library Foundation (TX)
Hudson Area Public Library (WI)
Huntsville Library Foundation (AL)
Indian Trails Pubic Library District (IL)
Little Free Libraries (WI)
Muscogee Public Library Foundation (GA)
Napa County Library (CA)
New Jersey Library Association (NJ)
North Lake District Public Library (MT)
Pioneer Library System (OK)
Stark County District Library (OH)
St. Helena – Friends & Foundation (CA)
The Foundation for Sarasota County Libraries (FL)
Winter Park Public Library (FL)
Worcester Public Library Foundation (MA)
Yonkers Public Library (NY)

Facilities Planning

Brentwood Library (TN)
Clarksville-Montgomery County Library (TN)
Duluth Public Library (MN)
Gardiner Community Library (MT)
Park Rapids Public Library (MN)

Advocacy Training

American Library Association (ALA)
El Paso Public Library (TX)
Louisiana State Library (LA)

Feasibility Study &
Capital Campaigns

Alexander Mitchell Public Library (SD)
Appleton Public Library (WI)
Arlington Public Library (TX)

Bud Werner Memorial Library (CO)
East Side Freedom Library (MN)
Elbert County Library District (CO)
Friends of the Osceola Public Library (WI)
Lake City Public Library (MN)
Madison Public Library Foundation (WI)
Mendon Public Library (NY)
Muskogee Public Library (OK)
Northfield Public Library (MN)
Petersburg Public Library (VA)
Racine Public Library (WI)
Rice Lake Public Library (MN)
Louisville Free Public Library (KY)
Tulsa Library Trust (OK)
Watertown Public Library (WI)
Winter Park Public Library (FL)

Project Management

Club Book (MN)
L3: The Bremer Rural Libraries & Literacy Leadership Institute (MN, WI, ND)
Minnesota Association of Library Friends (MN)
Once Upon A Reader (MN)
Tulsa Library Trust (OK)

Friends &

Beloit Public Library (WI)
Dorothy Bramlage Library (KS)
Friends of the Cleveland Public Library (OH)

Friends of the Rochester Public Library/Rundel Library Foundation (NY)
Grosse Pointe Public Library (MI)
Hudson Area Public Library (WI)
Indian Trails Pubic Library District (IL)
Marshall Lyon County Library (MN)
Napa County Library (CA)
Napa County Library (CA)
St. Helena Library (CA)
The Foundation for Sarasota County Libraries (FL)
The Library Foundation – Louisville Free Public Library (KY)
Warren-Newport Public Library District (IL)

Board Training

Bayport Public Library (MN)
DeForest Public Library (WI)
Glencoe Public Library (IL)

Lincolnwood Public Library District (IL)
Stillwater Public Library (MN)
Vaughn Public Library (WI)
Washington County Library System (PA)
Winter Park Public Library (FL)
Wyoming Library Trustees Association (WY)
Yonkers Public Library (NY)

"I am very grateful to Library Strategies for connecting us with a pair of consultants who spent time understanding our organization and giving us solid advice for moving forward. My experience with Library Strategies was outstanding."

Carla Powers
Duluth Public Library

"They know the issues and trends facing libraries and friends/foundation, and they have 'been there, done that'."

Jennifer Bingaman
Grosse Pointe Library Foundation

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