Established in 1983, the Thousand Oaks Library Foundation is a non-profit organization which supports special library projects in the Thousand Oaks Library. Serving as the major recipient for monetary donations to the library, the Foundation has provided funding for hard-to-find or costly library materials and equipment. Projects of the Foundation include:
- the establishment of the videocassette and DVD rental program
- the Special Collections department
- the Library Foundation Gift Store
Since its inception, the Thousand Oaks Library Foundation has raised nearly $2 million in support of the libraries.
During the past twenty-plus years, the Thousand Oaks Library Foundation has systematically acquired what has become one of America's largest - and still growing - collections of historically significant radio materials, such as scripts, sound recordings, books, photographs, etc., and also thousands of television scripts. This vast resource, known as the American Radio Archives, was significantly augmented when the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters agreed to an alliance, which adds their large collection of historic documents and materials to the archives.
The key objectives and programs of the American Radio Archives and Museum include:
- Acquiring, preserving, and making available for research significant materials that pertain to and chronicle the history of radio in America
- Providing quality educational opportunities in communication arts for elementary, middle school, high school and university students
- Enhancing understanding of the significant role that radio has played - and continues to play - in the growth and development of American culture and institutions.
- Developing community partnerships