Eileen M. Sever Memorial Fund

Eileen Sever was a beloved, respected, and deeply valued Librarian. Her long career with the Los Angeles Public Library started in 1970 and then she became Senior Librarian of the Business and Economics Department in 1977. She transferred to the Palms-Rancho Park Branch Library in 1979, where she worked until her retirement in 1998. She served for more than two decades following her retirement as a substitute Librarian in the History & Genealogy Department. When asked what kept her going as a Librarian, she said, “I love questions.”

To memorialize Eileen’s life, service, and dedication, her daughter Anita has partnered with the Library Foundation of Los Angeles to establish the Eileen M. Sever Memorial Fund. Furthermore, to honor this Fund and Eileen’s lifelong love of travel, the Travel Book Collection of Central Library shall be named the Eileen M. Sever Memorial Travel Collection, inspiring a love of adventure and discovery for generations to come. 

Your donation to the Fund will honor Eileen’s love of travel and her steadfast service and commitment to the Los Angeles Public Library by supporting the preservation and expansion of the Collection and producing programming, events, outreach, and other engagement opportunities in the History & Genealogy Department where Eileen proudly served. 

Please help this fund reach its goal of $50,000 to honor Eileen’s extraordinary legacy. 

You can also make a gift to the Eileen M. Sever Memorial Fund in other ways:

  • Donate by Phone: Call the LFLA office at (213) 228-7500 with your credit card information.
  • Donate by Mail: Mail your check, payable to “Library Foundation of Los Angeles” with “Eileen Sever Fund” in the memo line, to:

Library Foundation of Los Angeles
Attn: Alex Nguyen
630 West Fifth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

If you would like to give through a multi-year pledged commitment, a stock or wire transfer, donor-advised fund, or other method, or if you have any further questions, please contact Alex Nguyen, Director of Major and Planned Giving, at [email protected] or (213) 292-6268 for further assistance. The Library Foundation of Los Angeles is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and your contribution to the Eileen M. Sever Memorial Fund is tax-deductible. LFLA will provide you will provide you with a donation receipt for your records.