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Support the Libraries

Throughout the years, many generous interns, volunteers, donors, and Friends of the Libraries have given time, effort, and donations to the Libraries. If you would like to support the Libraries, there are many ways to do so.

The Friends of the Ryerson & Burnham Libraries was formed in 1983 to bring together collectors and enthusiasts of books, libraries and scholarship, and encourage private book collecting.

The Friends foster interest in and support for The Ryerson & Burnham Libraries and its programs—acquisitions, conservation/preservation, exhibitions and publications—and attract gifts and bequests to strengthen the research collections of the Libraries.

Member Activities Include:

  • Previews of books exhibitions with related lectures
  • Special viewing of the rare book collections and archives
  • Behind the scenes tours of the Libraries
  • Programs on conservation and preservation
  • Visits to special collections in Chicago

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Please contact the Ryerson & Burnham Libraries Office at (312) 443-3671 or complete the attached form.

Donations of books, serials, and archival materials are gratefully received by the Libraries. Donations made in memoriam will be acknowledged with a special bookplate.

To discuss a donation, please contact the Libraries Office at (312) 443-3671.

If you're interested in volunteering, take a look at the various volunteer opportunities throughout the museum.

Internships are offered by the Libraries and enable students to gain first-hand experience in their areas of interest or study. Find information about upcoming internship opportunities on the museum's general internship page.