Library annual appeal is open! & download a 2016 Yearbook PDF

Dear Prelinger Library & Archives Community,

The 2017 Library annual appeal is open! Click here to support:

The Library is an urban oasis of research, community, art, and collaboration in San Francisco. It is a freely publicly accessible workshop where artists, writers, and activists from around the Bay and across the world meet to read, research and make new works of all kinds. Within its social function as a public workshop, the Library hosts ongoing experiments in the future of reading, research and collaboration. No less important than what’s in the collection is how it’s used: through social reading, appropriation, and collaborations that arise from both careful planning and accidental meetings alike.

In 2016, the Library’s core community collaborated to host over a hundred public open days and over 1,200 research visits — all on a budget of about $42,000, most of which was the rent on the Library space. Thanks to the fantastic response to last year’s appeal, 100% of our budget was covered by 120 individual supporters and a handful of major grants, including an anonymous gift of $15,000, a grant from the Seed Fund, and a gift from Mandrake. These 2016 supporters (including many of you) made this our busiest and most productive year ever.

Can we do it again?

The 2016 Library Yearbook, which documents milestones, projects, and acquisitions of last year, is available to everyone as a PDF download: (13.5 MB)

We could nearly fill another Yearbook with the art-making, public events, research discoveries, and collaborations that have already happened so far this year.

Your tax-deductible donation benefits every visitor. The Library’s 2017 – 18 budget is $44,548 (details below). We have already been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Seed Fund for 2017 and gathered about $2,500 in individual donations. For the ’17–’18 fiscal year starting October 1, we seek to raise the rest of this budget.

To join our community of 2017 supporters, please visit our donations page on Flipcause:

All new supporters will receive a bound copy of the 2016 Library Yearbook, and next year a copy of the 2017 Yearbook. Supporters who carry over from last year who should already have a 2016 Yearbook won’t get a duplicate unless it is asked for. Please let us know if you donated in 2016 and have not yet received a Yearbook — we’ll rush one out to you.

We recognize that not all of you will be in a position to make a monetary donation. But we are no less grateful for your engagement in whatever form it may take.

Prelinger Library is a member of the Intersection Incubator, a program of Intersection for the Arts providing fiscal sponsorship, incubation and consulting to artists (

Rick & Megan Prelinger
Library co-founders

2017 – 2018 Library Budget in detail:

Rent $31,520

Telecom $1,440

Hospitality $400

Artist Fees & Community Honoraria $5,000

Utilities $588

Archival Supplies $1,000

Insurance: $800

Fiscal Sponsorship Fees: $3,300 (est.)

Acquisitions: $500

TOTAL: $44,548