Giving Opportunities

Support Your Library

There are many opportunities to participate in the mission of the United Library as it serves Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Bexley Hall Seabury Western Seminary Federation, Northwestern University, and the world-wide Christian community. We invite you to consider how you might be able to play an important role in enhancing our services through involvement in one of the following:

Become a Friend of the Library

The United Library will launch the new Friends of the Library program in October 2014 with a hope to recruit friends of the library who are open to supporting the mission of the library with monetary donations as well as volunteership. More information about the program will be available soon.

Purchase a Book

For every $50 donated, we will purchase a new volume for the collection and include a bookplate with your choice of inscription or dedication. This is a wonderful way to honor friends, relatives, pastors, church leaders, and mentors for special occasions. We will happily send a note to the individual you designate, or their heirs, to inform them that the gift has been made. Contact the United Library at or 847-866-3909 for more information.

Donate Materials (including archival materials)

We welcome gifts in the form of books, media, manuscripts, and other materials that will enhance the library’s collections by enabling us to provide materials that might not otherwise be available to our users.

All gifts to the library become the property of the United Library upon receipt and will be reviewed for acceptance by the library staff. The library reserves the right to determine whether the gift will be retained, where it will be located, and how it will be cataloged and circulated. Any items not retained by the library will be offered to other partner libraries who support collections in that area, or offered for sale at the library. Proceeds from these sales are used to purchase new materials for the library and/or support the library’s programs.

While we appreciate your gifts, please be aware that we cannot accept materials of the following type:

  • Items that are brittle, torn, incomplete, stained, highlighted, pencil- and pen-marked, or otherwise in poor condition
  • Outdated textbooks
  • Mass-market paperbacks
  • Journal articles or book chapters

When a donation is received, the donor will be asked to fill out the gift form which is available at the Circulation Desk or online. The donor should complete that form. The information will be sent to the Development Office for processing as they will enter it into a donor database. A letter of acknowledgement will be sent to the donor for tax purposes.

The library does not provide appraisals. If you estimate your donation to be of significant value, please consult your tax consultant and consider obtaining an appraisal. There are many listed with the Appraisers Association of America

Postage, transportation costs, and arrangements related to delivering the items to the library are the responsibility of the donor.

There are substantial costs associated with adding volumes to the collection. For any large gifts or collections donated, we ask that the donor consider giving a cash donation to help defray those costs.

We also seek permission to digitize archival materials for the purpose of scholarly use and distribution to students, faculty, alums, and interested researchers via the website. If you own copyright to items that you wish to donate, please consider granting us the right to digitize and distribute the electronic versions by completing the form available online.


Deed of Gift Agreement

Contribute to the Library Endowment Fund

We invite you to consider making a monetary donation to the library endowment fund which will be used to enhance library collections and services. Your participation is important, regardless of the amount, and conveys a spirit of generosity and care for the user community of the United Library.

You might be interested in setting up a subject endowment fund (e.g. purchasing materials in the area of hymnology), an endowed library staff position or room, or even supporting a special initiative (e.g. digitizing the Georgia Harkness papers).

To find out more, please visit Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary’s web page.

Volunteer at the Library

Volunteers are a critical part of the library workforce. Garrett-Evangelical’s leadership scholars who need to complete community service hours are always welcome. Volunteers usually carry out tasks such as:

  • Shelf reading
  • Marking and spine labeling library items
  • Security tagging
  • Digitizing and transcribing archival collections
  • Inventorying and organizing
  • Data entry

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Mary-Carol Riehs, Circulation and Public Services Librarian, at or 847-866-3868.


*Inquiries about giving may be directed to Lucy Chung, Director of the United Library at