Support the Library

We are grateful to all our supporters who make the Library part of their philanthropy. Thank you!

During the 2023-24 academic year, your commitment enabled the Library to: offer students complimentary online access to The Economist, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post; open our doors to families of school-aged children to visit to our Bibliosaurus!: Dinosaurs in the Popular Imagination exhibition, with dinosaur-themed story-telling and games; purchase equipment for the state-of-the-art Preservation Laboratories to experiment with multi-spectral imaging to make faded and otherwise unreadable text visible; and so much more.

I invite you to join us in getting involved with the Library through the Library Society, our donor recognition program. All donors to the Library automatically become members of the Library Society and you will have opportunities to deepen your understanding of our work and explore our collections and activities through unique behind-the-scenes access.

If you would like to stay up to date with upcoming events and engagement opportunities, please complete the Library Development Communications Form. Thank you, once again, for your interest and commitment to the University of Chicago and the Library.

Amber Cullen, Associate Dean of Development and Strategic Initiatives

What do others have to say about the Library?

“The Library is one of the shining stars of the University of Chicago.” - Faculty Member (2013 Library Survey)

“The Library is so many things...It is a beacon that attracts our fellows and collaborators from all over the world. Its collections rank among our most important research instruments.” - Dean David Nirenberg, Dean of the Divinity School and Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Distinguished Service Professor of Social Thought, Medieval History, Fundamentals, Middle East Studies, Romance Languages and Literatures, and the College

“In this library much that had been impossible becomes possible, and much that had been difficult becomes easy.” - Professor James M. Redfield, Edward Olson Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Classical Languages and Literatures, of Social Thought, Committee on the Ancient Mediterranean World and the College

“I have learned an extraordinary amount regarding not only preservation administration but also how to be an effective and collaborative librarian in a world-class institution.” - William Schlaak, former Mary and Samuel Somit Preservation Intern

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