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Lowell Library. It's about time.

Lowell Library. It’s about time.

A Library for the Future

Every day, students flock to the Lowell library. It’s a refuge in which students can study for a test, get a jump on their homework, prepare for a project, print out a paper, or hang out quietly with friends. Today, demand for the Lowell Library far exceeds capacity. It’s not just about space. A library designed for the last century no longer matches the learning styles of our students.

A space that serves so many students in such diverse ways needs to work harder and be smarter. Today, our students are more collaborative, adaptable, and tech savvy than they’ve ever been before. We think their library should be, too.


Since the library was founded in 1962, technology has transformed the way we communicate, learn, work, play and live. Today’s students want opportunities to sit together, to share ideas, to put their heads together and create new worlds.

The Lowell Library renovation will facilitate collaborative work sessions with small, private conference rooms; more group brainstorming and writing surfaces; spaces adapted to working individually or in pairs or groups; a large area devoted to collaborative spaces that can be easily reconfigured to accommodate changing numbers of participants.

The new library will continue to respect the need for private conversation and deep, quiet thought, with sound-dampening chairs surrounding beautiful new study carrels that support individual study. A Café Counter against a wall will provide a place for students on work on essay and term papers. But the new furnishings will give students more options.

Their future is collaborative.

Dynamic & Adaptive

Lowell’s library renovation puts flexibility at the forefront of design. Noise-dampening chairs that can be used singly or joined together in pairs; chairs and tables that can pivot and nest, making space for larger presentations; writing spaces, including mobile glass boards, to encourage conversation and brainstorming sessions, that can also be used to subdivide large spaces into smaller, more personal spaces; scooches and hi-tops that can transform a quiet lounge into a small amphitheatre: contemporary and adaptive design elements can enable students’ most-used space to do so much more.

Tech Savvy

Today’s students are digital natives. They’re fluid in all media. They need more power to plug in. They need more options for creativity in motion.

The Lowell Library renovation will offer staff and students: a bank of outlets to power laptops and devices; glass whiteboards to open up new surfaces for creativity; sound-dampening chairs to give students quiet refuge inside busy spaces; a sound-reinforced multi-purpose room suitable for high-quality podcast production; a state-of-the-art projector for larger, more powerful multimedia presentations.

All-new furnishings & renovated spaces inaugurate the Library of the Future.

Our renovations are user-driven, guaranteeing students and librarians the innovations they need.

Our students work hard. Our library should, too.

A Legacy for Generations to Come

Lowell is our inheritance. As students, we arrived at a school made rich by its history as California’s first secondary school, a storied institution whose legends and traditions have become a part of us. Now it’s our turn to give back to the place that helped make us who we are with a gift powerful and enduring enough to shape those who come next.

It’s about our campus.

Lowell High School moved to the Eucalyptus Campus in 1962. The library was dedicated in the same year. Though modifications, like the addition/renovation of the computer lab, have been made periodically, the library has remained fundamentally unchanged for over 50 years while the world has raced ahead.

Now we have a chance to shape the Lowell campus with a landmark gift that will touch students for decades.

It’s about our traditions.

As times change, our traditions change with them, evolving, adapting, growing. In this moment of tremendous technological and social change, we have the opportunity to carry a central tradition of Lowell campus life into the future: the landmark gift of a renovated library.

It’s about us.

We are excited to have this once-in-a-generation opportunity to make a deep and lasting impact, one which will touch every Lowell student now and for years to come. We need the support and energy of every member of our diverse community to reach our fundraising goal of $750,000! It’s ambitious, but we’re Lowellites. It’s who we are.

As our partner in this campaign, here’s how you can lead the way:

  1. Tell your friends and family why Lowell deserves a renovated library — help spread the word about this unique opportunity by asking them to check out the website: www.lowell-sf-library.com
  2. Follow us on social media and share our posts on your personal page and your class page
    And of course …
  3. Please make a gift that’s meaningful to you and encourage others to follow your lead. You can give in two ways:
    Online: Click the donate button to go to our secure donation webpage
    By mail: Send a check payable to “Lowell Alumni Association” to

    Lowell Alumni Association
    P.O. Box 320009
    San Francisco, CA 94132-0009
  4. Does your employer match your donation? Click below to find out how you can possibly double the impact of your gift!

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Naming Opportunities

We are excited to offer a limited number of naming opportunities for leadership gifts. Please click here to learn more about these opportunities.

Donor Acknowledgment

All donors will be acknowledged in our printed materials and on our website.

Donors giving more than $999 will be acknowledged (unless otherwise instructed) on a prominent donor plaque in the renovated library. More details will be available at a later date.

Thank you again for your support, and remember to check back regularly for updates, events, and developments.

Extraordinary experiences make an impression for a lifetime.

Extraordinary gifts make an impression for generations.

Lowell Library. It’s about time.