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.


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 our events!

Artist Receptions

Artist Receptions are hosted by the Foundation for the artists who exhibit their work in the Helena library lobby and contribute a percentage of their art sales to the Library.


Artist receptions are currently on hold until the fall of 2020 when the library renovation is expected to be complete. Exhibits usually run two months 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.

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 generous gift from Boy Scout Troop 206 and Capital High School art students who constructed and painted five Little Free Libraries as a fundraiser in April 2018. They raised $1,000 in proceeds to the Foundation. 

Our thanks to Emily Free Wilson!

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 $6 million in expected construction, remodeling, and refurnishing costs. You can help! Here's how!

Special donor events have provided an early glimpse of what's to come. 

Visit the library's website to stay informed about the renovation schedule and changes in hours, book drop location, and how the library intends to maintain services.

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 local Sleeping Giant Citizens Council and Vigilante Runners, to organize Helena's first Sun Run that, combined with a grant from Northwestern Energy and another anonymous funder, raised the needed funds for the solar installations. With leftover funds, solar came to Lincoln and Augusta!