The Commons Foundation
Fund, Build and Sustain the New Larkspur Library and Community Gathering Space
Welcome to The Commons Foundation website! We are a nonprofit organization that was formed in 2018 to raise funds for a new Larkspur library. We are proud to be the official fundraising partner for the City of Larkspur, and we have exceeded our initial $5M goal thanks to the incredible generosity of visionary donors, organizations, and individuals. With a California State Library matching grant, we will be able to build a new modern library at The Commons, located on the corner of Doherty Drive and Rose Lane.
The new library is scheduled to open in 2025 and will offer easy access with ample parking, an ADA ramp, indoor and outdoor spaces, a public square, and much more. As we move forward, TCF will focus our fundraising efforts on the areas around the new library, including a $1 million campaign for landscaping, hardscaping, and vegetation. Our goal is to make The Commons a welcoming and joyful place for everyone to hang out with friends, read a book, or enjoy the iconic view of Mt. Tam.
We are excited to provide a website that will keep you well-informed of our progress and how you can get involved.
The Commons Foundation
See What's New
After raising $5.2M in private funds in 2022, which was matched by a state grant, we were able to reach our initial goal of funding a new Larkspur library building. However, library grants cannot be used for exterior elements such as landscaping and outdoor meeting spaces. To raise critical funds for these outdoor areas, we are currently embarking on a new fundraising campaign to raise $1M in private contributions, to be used to enhance the exterior spaces surrounding the new library, including features such as patios, walkways, raised beds, arbors, vegetation, amenities for cyclists and pedestrians, inviting seated areas, benches, water features, lighting, and a public square.
New Modern Library
A nexus of community resources and partnerships, a 21st Century library goes beyond books to provide programs and materials that meet the needs of all in a community. It’s a hub where individuals of all ages can engage in collaborative learning, explore new technologies, and participate in enriching cultural experiences.