Support the Library

A note from our Library Director

Hello and welcome. Thank you for your interest in how you can support the University of Chicago Library. As you may know, the Library sits at the heart of our academic community, both physically in its central position on campus and as we ensure that faculty and students have the resources they need for distinguished scholarship and exceptional learning.

This past year, we marked 50 years of the Joseph Regenstein Library. We hosted a number of virtual events (now uploaded as videos) that I hope you will take the time to explore, including one featuring Dean John Boyer and Dean Anne Walters Robertson in a discussion about Regenstein's history.

Now, we look towards marking 10 years of the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library throughout the 2021-2022 academic year. Featured events and celebrations will be posted here as more details become available.

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.

Sincerely,
Brenda L. Johnson, Library Director and University Librarian

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

Share your story with us! Sign up for Library Development Communications.

Learn more about the Library’s Mission, Values, and Strategic Directions.