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The Foundation is a charity and has raised money through grants, loans, surpluses from courses and events as well as significant donations from FOAL members and local organisations to meet its charitable objectives set out on the Policies page

Donation forms are at the Library or may be downloaded below.


If you so chose, donations are eligible for Gift Aid.

The money raised by the Charity goes to:


Refurbish the Library building

  • Ever since the Aldeburgh Library Foundation was set up in 2012 the Library building has undergone continuous improvement. While the Suffolk County council will cover repairs and maintenance, a library building needs refreshing to meet the changes in how it is used. That is one of the tasks of the ALF, and to do this we made plans for succeeding phases of improvements. Details of these may be found on the Library Refurbishment page. The Foundation has raised over £115,000 since 2012 through Grants, Loans, Surpluses reinvested from education courses and events in the Library as well as significant donations from Foal members and local organisations to fund these improvements. In 2020 donations exceeded £10,000.


Fund Community activities in the library

  • The Foundation in the past has also raised £11,500 to fund extra Library staff hours for work on community activities. The membership fees from the Friends of Aldeburgh Library have been the main source for funding these extra Library hours.

  • The community activities were suspended during Covid but include Mother and toddler group, Friendship meetings for elderly and their carers, Code club for Children including sessions with pupils from the local Primary school and a Book club.

What is the focus for our calls for support in 2024?

  • The Library’s welcome re-opening and the return of the community activities there will need the support of the Friends of Aldeburgh library through membership and donations.

Thank you for reading this and we are always pleased to hear of new ideas for improvements and for fund raising.

Appeal to support the Library

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