Building the Library’s general collections

Since the University’s founding, the Library’s collections have been central to the unique character of UChicago. With an astonishing 11 million volumes and counting, the University of Chicago Library’s collections are among the largest and most distinctive in North America.

Browsing bookshelves

Browsing the stacks (Photo by Bradley Busenius)

Our students and faculty rely on our resources for their research and teaching. The jewels found in our collections fuel our students’ intellectual growth and our scholarly community’s groundbreaking insights and innovations. Our librarians expertly continue a tradition of thoughtful and informed collection building for all of the University’s disciplines, in both print and digital forms.

Consider a gift to support the continued acquisition, organization, and preservation of the Library’s general collections. Contributions of any amount are gratefully accepted and may be designated for collections generally or for an area or academic discipline of your choice. We would be pleased to recognize you for your gift or pledge of $5,000 or more with a digital bookplate displayed in the Library’s online catalog.

For more information on ways to support Library collections, please contact Yasmin Omer, Director of Development, at (773) 834-3744 or at


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