Corporate Support

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) relies on the support of corporate partners to meet the educational, informational, cultural and recreational needs of the borough’s 2.7 million residents.

BPL’s role in the community is to nurture and encourage all Brooklynites to fulfill their potential by providing them with free resources and opportunities to pursue their educational objectives, grow their businesses and support personal advancement. The Library reaches millions of Brooklynites each year through a diverse range of public programs, events and classes that offer unique sponsorship and employee engagement opportunities. Whether you are interested in providing capital support for branch renovation projects, underwriting a specific program developing, a customer marketing partnership or participating as a sponsor of our annual gala—as a corporate partner, you will receive a range of benefits that can be tailored to meet your company's unique goals and interests while providing critical support for the institution. 

Whether you are a longstanding corporate partner or are considering joining us for the first time, we look forward to working with you.

Benefit Event

The Library hosts several benefits each year to raise critical funds to support programs and services across Brooklyn. BPL's largest fundraiser, our Annual Gala, provides excellent opportunities for company visibility, employee engagement and client entertainment, while supporting the vital work of one of the borough's most important institutions.

Public Programs

BPL hosts tens of thousands of free public programs each year including early childhood literacy initiatives, after-school homework help, technology programs, arts and culture events, entrepreneurship programs and adult classes. BPL relies on the support of private philanthropy to offer these programs year-round across the borough. Our partners enjoy unique engagement opportunities and the chance to connect with patrons directly through speaking opportunities, visibility and PR benefits, volunteerism and invitations to special events. Corporate support helps underwrite programs including: 

Summer Reading is BPL’s signature program to promote reading and prevent “summer slide,” the loss of children’s academic skills during the summer months. BPL hosts thousands of programs over the summer with more than 100,000 attendees.

LevelUP is a workforce advancement program designed to help Black women get to the next stage professionally and build wealth.

Teen Techies is BPL's highly successful teen internship program which provides Brooklyn youth ages 14-18 with hands-on technology training and meaningful volunteer experiences as an introduction to the information technology field and to enhance library services for the public through technical assistance and teen-led programming.

Culture Pass provides free admission to library cardholders offering them access to 100 partner sites in NYC including museums, historical sites, theaters, gardens and more. 

Capital Support

Brooklyn Public Library is currently engaged in several exciting large-scale capital projects including a complete renovation of the Red Hook Library, which will be BPL's first "net zero" building. Naming and other recognition opportunities are available for renovation projects, teen tech centers, children's areas and meeting rooms across BPL's 60+ branches.

Matching Gifts 

Double your impact. Many employers will match contributions made by employees to nonprofit organizations of their choosing. 100% of both donations will support BPL's programs and services. Learn if your employer has a matching gift policy.

In-Kind Giving

BPL welcomes in-kind donations of products and services including donations of technology, beverages and catering, promotional and media support and in-kind printing services.

Volunteer Opportunities

The mission of the volunteer program at BPL is to enhance public service through the engagement of diverse and dedicated volunteers. Corporate volunteerism provides opportunities for team building, to give back to the community and to fulfill social impact and corporate social responsibility objectives. Volunteering at BPL is a great way for your employees, clients, colleagues and their families to contribute their unique talents, skills and knowledge and assist staff. Volunteers provide personalized attention to patrons, support library initiatives support library initiatives, assist with public programs and events and share information about the Library.

Learn more about corporate volunteer opportunities here.

Get in touch

For more information on how your company can partner with the Brooklyn Public Library, contact:
Samantha Dodds
Director of Corporate Relations


What our partners have to say

"Since 1864, Dime has been a pillar of support in New York's communities for small business. It's in our DNA. It's where Dime started, and where we have stood consistently for over 159 years. We are both proud and honored to be in our 7th year as lead sponsors of PwerUP! as a catalyst to unleash the next generation of business leaders here in Brooklyn."

— Stuart H. Ludlow, President and CEO, Dime Community Bank.

"Nation Grid Foundation is a long-time supporter of the Brooklyn Public Library and its successful Summer Reading program. The program ensures that the summer break is not a vacation from reading and learning. Each year, the Brooklyn Public Library provides creative, fun and educational programming that encourages children to want to read. Recently, the Library incorporated a StoryTeen internship where teenagers work behind the scenes on cutting-edge programming and build career readiness skills. It's another wa the Library builds and enhances the Summer Reading program. National Grid Foundation is proud of our partnerhsip."

— Eileen Cohen, Board Chair, National Grid Foundation.