San Juan Community is the only open to the public lending library in San Juan—the capital city of Puerto Rico. We are a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit. Our library members and visitors are from cities all over our island.
We circulate every year nearly 11,000 hard copy books (36% of our 30,000 bilingual collection) and 1,100 ebooks and audiobooks (almost 20% of our 6,000 and growing digital collection).
San Juan Community Library is needed now more than ever. While literature and arts curriculum and educational institutions are suffering, our programs are the heart of our community. Children, young adults, and adults count on us for our services, including our digital and hard copy lending collections, meeting and study spaces, classes, magazines, workshops, proctoring program, daily book sales at very modest prices, complimentary WiFi, and our public computers with free internet access along with spreadsheet, word processing and presentation applications.
Your support now will help to keep us open in 2020. Our gofundme campaigns are essential to our library’s operations. After Hurricane Maria, our 2017 campaign “Help My Library Relief” was a lifeline! Our 2018 campaign “Keep us Open Anti-Gala” raised funds without costly event expenses.
Rather than hold a gala, this year’s campaign “Stronger Together,” will ensure that your donation goes to our operations rather than to event expenses. Any size donation is welcomed.
In 2020 San Juan Community Library will be 33 years old. With you by our side, we are “Stronger Together.” Together let us serve the communities of Puerto Rico! Here’s what some donors have told us:
“Libraries are incredibly important, often overlooked institutions in communities that provide everyone, from every background, a safe space to access the world's knowledge. Plus, books rule.” –Chris Kessler
“Un pueblo sin bibliotecas, es un pueblo en peligro. ¡Gracias por lo que hacen! (A people without libraries is a people in danger. Thank you for all that you do!)” –Rebecca Plaza-Gotay
"Literacy is important, and this being the only public library in Puerto Rico with a digital library makes it extra important to stay up and running. Everyone deserves access to books.” –Private Donor