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Strengthening our Library through donations and advocacy. 

Who We Are

The Alexandria Library Foundation is a nonprofit partner of the Library.

We provide a way for all those who appreciate the Library to support it. Through donations and advocacy we can amplify The Alexandria Library's impact and ensure its continued role as a source of knowledge, connection,

and opportunity for everyone.

Our History

Chartered in 1998, the Alexandria Library Foundation, Inc.

was formed to enhance the Alexandria Library's services

through private donations.

Samuel W. Tucker Fund

In 2014, the Samuel W. Tucker Fund was established to recognize Tucker’s contribution in organizing an historic peaceful protest in 1939 at the Kate Waller Barrett Library. On August 21, 1939, five African American men were charged with civil disobedience for quietly reading books after being denied library cards. As a result of the earliest known library sit-in, the Robert Robinson Library was built to provide service to the City of Alexandria’s African American residents. The Samuel W. Tucker Fund supports Library programming and collections that center on civil rights, human rights, social freedoms and equality.

Donate to the Samuel Tucker Fund today.

Beth Patridge Fund

The Beth Patridge Fund is an endowment established in 2018 in Beth's memory which helps the Alexandria Library acquire the type of books she enjoyed.

Beth was a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and was one of the first women to be commissioned as a Navy intelligence officer via the challenging Aviation Officers Candidate School. She went on to complete a Master's Degree at the Naval Postgraduate School and serve a distinguished 28 year career in assignments all over the world. Books were such an important part of her life that there was certain to be a book - or several - close by. She took particular pride in serving as a volunteer librarian at overseas duty stations and wryly noted that most of her household goods shipping allowance was dedicated to her books. After retiring from the Navy, Beth made her home in Alexandria. Despite a busy second career she still found time for service, including helping maintain the garden at the James M. Duncan, Jr. Branch Library.

Donate to the Beth Patridge Fund today.

Board of Directors


Trudi Bellardo Hahn

Vice President

Robert Ray IV


Albert Moseley II

Secretary (Library Director)

Rose T. Dawson


Councilmember Canek Aguirre
John Ashford

Delegate Elizabeth Bennett-Parker
Oscar P. Fitzgerald
Dianne Fox
Patricia Dane Rogers

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