Bismarck Library Foundation

Foundation Funds Support Main
Level Painting

The repainting of the library's main floor is now complete! Bismarck Library Foundation and the Friends of the Bismarck Public Library partnered in contributing $31,000 to make this project possible (remaining funds came from the library's operating budget. 

"The main floor has been completely transformed," said Library Director Christine Kujawa. "It is bright, modern, and welcoming." 

Library staff provided input on the refreshed color palette with calming hues of blue and warm tan. A special thank you to the painters at Bob Eckert Painting, who completed the work over eight weeks during the library's closed hours to minimize disturbances for patrons and staff. Kujawa expressed gratitude to both the Foundation and Friends of the Library, whose support made this refresh possible. 


About the Foundation

The Bismarck Library Foundation, Inc. was established in 1975 to support the Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library. Our mission is to enrich publicly-funded library services by raising private funds to enhance collections, resources and facilities.

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Foundation Highlights

With the support of our generous donors, the Foundation has been a key funding partner for library programs and services. Some recent highlights:
  • $250,000+ raised for the new Burleigh County Bookmobile
  • $430,000+ raised for the new Teen Center
  • $643,000+ raised for the children's library renovation, completed in 2009
  • Raised the funds to construct library coffee shop in 2007
  • Established Endowment Fund, which has grown to $2 million since 2001
  • $300,000+ to complete the new library building in the late 1980s
  • Makes annual contributions for library programming, expanded collections, technology upgrades, and much more


Bismarck Public Library was established in 1917 in a building funded by Andrew Carnegie at 6th Street and Thayer Avenue. In 1963, a modern building was erected at 6th Street and Avenue A to provide more space. The new Veterans Memorial Public Library honored World War II and Korean War veterans. It was about 17,000 square feet.

A major library expansion was completed in 1989, giving the library 70,000 square feet of space and a new name: Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library. The facility occupies the block between 5th and 6th streets north of Avenue A. Today the library welcomes more than 7,000 visitors each week, with digital resource checkouts also growing. More than 46,000 people have library cards. 

  1. Beth Schatz Kaylor

    Foundation Executive Director

  2. Kristi Simenson

    Foundation Office Manager

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