Lewis & Clark Library Foundation - 120 S. Last Chance Gulch - Helena, MT 59601

(406) 447-6699     Email: info@lclibfoundation.org

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The Lewis & Clark Library Foundation exists to expand and improve the Lewis & Clark Library System for patrons of all ages, now and long into the future.

Literary Events

To celebrate National Poetry Month, the Foundation sponsors the Community Leaders Poetry Reading every April.


In the fall, a Montana-based or themed scholar is hosted by the Foundation at the Stephen Ambrose Memorial Lecture.

Celebrating a Writer's Journey is an occasional event to honor a local writer who has made an impressive literary contribution. Virginia Reeves, shown above, was our first celebrated author.  Read more about events!

Artist Receptions

Artist Receptions are hosted by the Foundation for the Helena lobby artists who contribute a percentage of their sales to the Library. Artist receptions are every other month and also coincide with Downtown Helena Inc.'s Spring and Fall Art Walks.

The painting shown above is by Townsend artist Kallie Audet. 

Library Wish List

The Foundation's annual budget includes up to $25,000 for items on a library staff-generated wish list for the library.

The 2018-19 wish list included a book vending machine for the PAL high school in Helena. (Read about it in the Spring 2019 Mid-Year in Review.)


The Foundation board is always willing to consider other requests that will promote literacy and enhance services and resources available to all library patrons.

Coming soon: Wish List Stories!

Raising Funds

The Foundation’s support for the library is made possible by contributions, large and small, from individuals, businesses, and organizations.


There are many ways to give to the Lewis & Clark Library Foundation such as the volunteer contributions of Boy Scout Troop 206 and Capital High School art students that constructed and painted five Little Free Libraries as a fundraiser that raised $1,000 for the Foundation. 

Our Next Chapter

In 2019 and 2020 we are focusing our efforts on major improvements that will be made on the first floor of the Helena library and renovations on portions of the second floor.


The Foundation has committed $100,000 of the $5.3 million in expected construction costs and we invite you to support our efforts.

Special donor events have provided an early glimpse of what's to come. Stay tuned for updates!

Special Projects

The Library Foundation participates in special projects, like helping to raise the private funding that brought solar power to the Helena, Augusta, and Lincoln libraries. 

The Foundation partnered with dozens of community sponsors, including the Sleeping Giant Citizens Council and Vigilante Runners, to organize the first Helena Sun Run that, combined with a grant from Northwestern Energy and another anonymous funder, raised the needed funds for the solar installations.