What Our Clients Are Saying

  • "I am very grateful to Library Strategies for connecting us with a pair of consultants who spent time understanding our organization and giving us solid advice for moving forward. My experience with Library Strategies was outstanding. "

    Carla Powers Duluth Public Library
  • "They know the issues and trends facing libraries and friends/foundation, and they have 'been there, done that'."

    Jennifer Bingaman Grosse Pointe Library Foundation
  • "Bringing in Library Strategies helped us overcome some barriers that were in place in the past and set us on the right path towards the future."

    Brian Shepard Indian Trails Library
  • "I would recommend Library Strategies without hesitation. I think they're the best there is. Sue and Peter are top-notch professionals. They listened to us carefully and really understood where we are and where we need to be."

    Maria Criscione Stel Friends & Foundation, St. Helena Public Library
  • "It was so valuable to have an outsider come in and look at our facilities; what changes are needed; recommendations for those changes; why those changes need to be made. It really opened our eyes."

    Anna Grace Wadsworth Library
  • "It's one thing to get expert advice, which Library Strategies certainly provides, but it's even more gratifying to feel that we've enlisted a partner who is as interested in the mission of assuring library services as we are.  It's remarkable that we're not only getting some very, very valuable 'how-to' guidance, but we are getting inspiration, too."

    Jim Dale Smith Fairhope Public Library Foundation
  • "I would recommend them the Rapid Results planning process, we really liked how streamlined it was, our board was especially pleased. It was really good to have this process, previous plans had been too library-centric, it is nice to have a plan that really focuses on the community."

    Charles Pace Gwinnett County Public Library
  • "I would recommend Library Strategies to any library considering starting a Foundation or to any library wanting to take their existing Foundation to a level of more community impact."

    Tena Wilson Stark County District Library
  • "Library Strategies was wonderful! Area librarians who participated in developing some of our past plans tell me this year’s planning process was better by far. I know this is due to Library Strategies’ guidance throughout the process."

    Shelly Grace SAMMIE Library System
  • "I would highly recommend Library Strategies, even to smaller library organizations who may feel like they don’t have the money for this type of consultant. What we paid vs. what we got out of it, made it not only a reasonable expense, it moved us forward in ways that would have been difficult and taken more time if we hadn’t used their services."

    Michele Leininger Marshall-Lyon County Library
  • "I would definitely recommend Library Strategies to other library organizations. The strategic planning process with them was inclusive and enjoyable for the staff, board, and our members."

    Tessa Killian SENYLRC

Library Strategies’ consulting services help you maximize your current assets and invest in change that will launch your library into the future. Consulting projects come in all sizes – from Friends & Foundation training to strategic planning processes. Every consulting service we provide is uniquely designed to fit your needs no matter the scope of your project.

Our Services

We work with you to you engage the community so that you can better prioritize services and activities, build innovation in your system, and use your resources wisely in response to rapidly changing needs and budget challenges. If facilities are part of your planning, we can help you make important decisions about spaces to best serve your customers. Learn more.

We help libraries and library support organizations build a culture that embraces fundraising and philanthropy. We can help you boost annual giving, explore the feasibility of a capital campaign, launch an advocacy effort, or make your friends/foundation more effective. We instill understanding of the vital connection between philanthropic investment and data that prove your value, relevancy and impact. We also help you develop and communicate your value proposition to advocate for greater support. Learn more.

We share your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. As we seek to improve our own organization, we will share our resources, recommendations and referrals for consulting partners who can help you explore systemic racism, engage communities of color, and develop anti-racist practices.

Strategic Planning

Anoka County Library (MN)
Bayport Public Library (MN)
Bozeman Public Library (MT)
Brentwood Library (TN)
Chattahoochee Valley Libraries (GA)
Citizens Library (PA)
Clarksville-Montgomery County Library (TN)
Commerce Township Public Library (MI)
Duluth Public Library (MN)
Friends of the Bozeman Public Library (MT)
Friends of the Maple Lake Public Library (MN)
Glencoe Public Library (IL)
Gwinnett County Library (GA)
Hudson Area Joint Library (WI)
Menomonie Public Library (WI)
Minnesota Genealogical Society (MN)
Newark Public Library (NJ)
Normal Public Library (IL)
Stillwater Public Library (MN)
Traverse des Sioux Library System (MN)
Washington County Library System (MN)
Washington County Library System (PA)
White Plains Public Library (NY)

Development Planning

Anchorage Public Library Foundation (AK)
Bozeman Public Library Foundation (MT)
Clarksville-Montgomery County Library (TN)
Fairhope Public Library Foundation (AL)
Friends of the Inver Glen Library (MN)
Gunnison County Library District (CO)
Grosse Pointe Library Foundation (MI)
Houston Public Library Foundation (TX)
Hudson Area Public Library (WI)
Huntsville Library Foundation (AL)
Indian Trails Pubic Library District (IL)
Little Free Libraries (WI)
Muscogee Public Library Foundation (GA)
Napa County Library (CA)
New Jersey Library Association (NJ)
North Lake District Public Library (MT)
Pioneer Library System (OK)
Stark County District Library (OH)
St. Helena – Friends & Foundation (CA)
The Foundation for Sarasota County Libraries (FL)
Winter Park Public Library (FL)
Worcester Public Library Foundation (MA)
Yonkers Public Library (NY)

Feasibility Study &
Capital Campaigns

Alexander Mitchell Public Library (SD)
Appleton Public Library (WI)
Arlington Public Library (TX)
Bud Werner Memorial Library (CO)
East Side Freedom Library (MN)
Elbert County Library District (CO)
Friends of the Osceola Public Library (WI)
Lake City Public Library (MN)
Madison Public Library Foundation (WI)
Mendon Public Library (NY)
Muskogee Public Library (OK)
Northfield Public Library (MN)
Petersburg Public Library (VA)
Racine Public Library (WI)
Rice Lake Public Library (MN)
Louisville Free Public Library (KY)
Tulsa Library Trust (OK)
Watertown Public Library (WI)
Winter Park Public Library (FL)


Friends & Foundations

Beloit Public Library (WI)
Dorothy Bramlage Library (KS)
Friends of the Cleveland Public Library (OH)
Friends of the Rochester Public Library/Rundel Library Foundation (NY)
Grosse Pointe Public Library (MI)
Hudson Area Public Library (WI)
Indian Trails Pubic Library District (IL)
Marshall Lyon County Library (MN)
Napa County Library (CA)
Napa County Library (CA)
St. Helena Library (CA)
The Foundation for Sarasota County Libraries (FL)
The Library Foundation – Louisville Free Public Library (KY)
Warren-Newport Public Library District (IL)

Facilities Planning

Brentwood Library (TN)
Clarksville-Montgomery County Library (TN)
Duluth Public Library (MN)
Gardiner Community Library (MT)
Park Rapids Public Library (MN)

Executive Search

Bayport Public Library (MN)
Houston Public Library Foundation (TX)
Stillwater Public Library (MN)
Tulsa Library Trust (OK)


Carver County Library (MN)
Duluth Public Library (MN)
Muscogee Public Library Foundation (GA)
Wadsworth Public Library (NY)

Advocacy Training

American Library Association (ALA)
El Paso Public Library (TX)
Louisiana State Library (LA)

Board Training

Bayport Public Library (MN)
DeForest Public Library (WI)
Glencoe Public Library (IL)
Lincolnwood Public Library District (IL)
Stillwater Public Library (MN)
Vaughn Public Library (WI)
Washington County Library System (PA)
Winter Park Public Library (FL)
Wyoming Library Trustees Association (WY)
Yonkers Public Library (NY)

Project Management

Club Book (MN)
L3: The Bremer Rural Libraries & Literacy Leadership Institute (MN, WI, ND)
Minnesota Association of Library Friends (MN)
Once Upon A Reader (MN)
Tulsa Library Trust (OK)

Literacy Minnesota serves learners and organizations through direct service at six learning centers; thousands of volunteers trained per year; thousands of curriculum downloads per month; AmeriCorps VISTA members working on literacy initiatives across Minnesota; and a digital-literacy learning platform, Northstar, utilized in all 50 states and several countries. Literacy Minnesota is recognized as a local and national leader and a driving force behind the latest developments in literacy learning. Visit Literacy Minnesota.

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Rainbow Research, Inc. is a not-for-profit evaluation and research organization committed to improving the effectiveness of socially concerned organizations and initiatives for over 40 years. In partnership with Library Strategies, Rainbow Research conducts evaluation of Library Strategies’ literacy and capacity building projects at community, state, and regional levels. Visit Rainbow Research.

Do you want to learn more about our services before you plan your project? These webinars offer advice on everything from fundraising basics, to planning, to Friends and Foundations. Browse our free webinar videos here and then give us a call for a consultation.

Beyond Book Sales Cover, Library Consulting

We took our most important fundraising advice and put it in a book just for you. Whether your library undertakes only occasional fundraising projects or is well along in this effort and wants to become more successful, Beyond Book Sales: The Complete Guide to Raising Real Money for Your Library will guide you through proven methods of effective library fundraising. It will help you think about raising dollars in new ways and stretching beyond your traditional fundraising activities. In fact, because so many libraries already know how to do book sales successfully, this book will not include that topic, except to offer one piece of advice: When selling books or other merchandise, determine how you can connect your sale to other fundraising you do.

“Effective fundraising is about relationships first, money second.”

Learn more and get your copy today.

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