What We Do

The Hercules Community Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, established in 2004 to raise funds for the initial construction of the Hercules Library, which opened in November 2006. Today, the Foundation seeks private-sector support to supplement government funding and is committed to ensuring that the Hercules community has a great public library.

Since 2004, we have raised more than $725,000 for Hercules Library facilities, collections, programs, and services. We could not have done this without the overwhelming support and generous contributions from businesses, families and individuals. This support has helped the Hercules Library become an invaluable resource for the community that makes a difference in the everyday lives of its patrons.

Our Mission Statement

The Hercules Community Library Foundation is a nonprofit volunteer group dedicated to soliciting and managing contributions to supplement public funding. Our goal is to ensure that the Hercules Public Library continues to provide outstanding free and convenient services for our community.

Our Vision

For the community, we aspire to be a Library Foundation that is:

  • Actively seeking and receiving viable and sustainable funding for the library
  • Proactively raising the awareness of the value of the library’s:
  • Community living room 
  • Equality of access 
  • Business resources
  • Child development 
  • Education 
  • Career and job research 
  • Personal enrichment 
  • Entertainment 
  • Artistic & cultural expression 
  • Enhancing library services to meet the evolving needs of its patrons

Our Core Values and Beliefs

Advocacy

Building community partnerships to provide a voice for the library and touch the lives of both users and non-users of the library

Innovation & Engagement

Use traditional and modern technologies to connect with the community to ensure the library continuously meets their expectations

Valuing People

Understanding and respecting the diverse community we serve and partnering with the library to empower each individual and the community to be the best they can be 

Honor & Integrity

Being good stewards of the public trust and the resources provided to us

Energy & Teamwork

Value the incredible synergies that are created by professionally collaborating with the library staff, Friends of the Hercules Library, the City of Hercules, and patrons

Our Strategic Priorities

  • Revenue growth 
  • Library advocacy 
  • Community partnerships with businesses, schools and nonprofits 
  • Endowment fund