The Alpine Public Library greatly appreciates the outstanding
support of our community. Most public libraries in the United
States are operated by local governments, which provide almost
all of the funding required for their operation. Both Brewster
County and the City of Alpine provide invaluable support, but in
2013 their combined contributions provided only 37% of the funds
needed to keep the library doors open. For 2014, Brewster County
reduced their support to APL by almost half, meaning that over
70% of our operating budget must come from other sources.
The Alpine Public Library, in contrast, is an independent
501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. This means that in the eyes of
the IRS, APL is a charity, and all
your donations are tax-deductible.
In 2013, APL was named one of the best small libraries in
America by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and