Your gift to the Sheridan Libraries benefits every Hopkins student and faculty member and helps advance research and teaching to better the world.

Annual Giving

Unrestricted gifts to the Friends of the Libraries fund, the Sheridan Libraries’ annual giving program, provide flexible support for library initiatives and programs, wherever the need is greatest. With a gift to the Friends of the Libraries fund, you have the opportunity to help each and every student, of every major and every background, achieve academic success.

Your partnership is vital to the future success of the Sheridan Libraries. See our areas to support to learn how your gift will make a difference. Have a question about how to make or where to direct your annual gift? We can help. Contact a gift officer.

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Please complete and print the giving form and enclose it with your check payable to: “Johns Hopkins University.” Note specific allocation designations on the memo line.

Checks should be mailed to:

Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries
PO Box 49142
Baltimore, MD 21297-9142

Endowment Giving

Current-use gifts are used immediately. Endowed gifts are assets that are invested in perpetuity, providing the Sheridan Libraries with ongoing operating income for future generations. Endowed funds earn income, such as dividends, interest, and capital appreciation, and each year a percentage of that annual income goes to support a specific purpose determined by you, the donor.

The standard minimum level to establish a named fund is $100,000. There are also minimum levels for funding specific positions and other naming opportunities.

If you’d like to learn more about making an endowed gift, please contact a gift officer.

Planned Giving

Create your legacy at Johns Hopkins with a planned gift to the Sheridan Libraries that gives back. Choose the gift that’s right for you. A life income gift, such as a charitable gift annuity or charitable trust, provides future support for our Blue Jays while also providing a tax deduction and payments to you or your loved ones. Gifts of appreciated stocks, mutual funds, or real estate held for more than one year may provide special tax advantages. Including the Libraries in your estate plan may allow you to do more than you thought possible while achieving your own personal and financial goals.

If you’d like to learn more about planned giving options available through the Office of Gift Planning, please call 800-548-1268 or contact a gift officer.

Gifts of Materials

The Sheridan Libraries welcome gifts of books, audio-visual media, archival material, personal papers and manuscripts, photographs, architectural drawings, artifacts, and a diverse variety of other items in many formats that align with our collection philosophy and support the instructional and research programs of the university. Many of the University Libraries’ most treasured, rare and valuable resources were donated by alumni and friends and have served as the foundation of some of our major circulating and special collections. In other instances these gifts have significantly enhanced existing purchased holdings and already established collections.

We do ask for philanthropic donations to accompany donated materials to assist our curators in maximizing a collection’s potential as an academic resource that we will preserve, promote and treasure for future generations of Blue Jays and the worldwide research community.

If you’d like to learn more about making a gift of materials, please contact a gift officer.