The Divinity School welcomes all forms of support including donations of time, books, and financial contributions and we are grateful to those who share a passion for the role a high quality theological library plays in in educating those who will serve the church, academy and the world.


Give online, by phoning 919-660-3452, or by sending your donation to  Duke Divinity Library, Duke Box 90972, 407 Chapel Drive, Durham, NC 27708.

If you use the online giving from, please indicate “Divinity Library” in the “Additional/Other Designations” page toward the bottom of the form.

Funds may be donated for the purchase of items for the collection, to establish endowments, to underwrite library programming or to support renovations.  Naming opportunities are still available for a renovation project that will be completed Fall 2015.

Library Development Opportunities Please contact the Director, Dr. Beth Sheppard,; 919-660-3452 for more information. 


Each year volunteers donate their time in ways that enhance our Library.  In the past volunteers have helped us secure copyright permissions for digitization, check out books, answer reference questions,  scan books, reshelve items in the stacks, and have assisted with many other library activities. 

We are able to customize your volunteer experience to meet your objectives.  For those enrolled in library school, we are happy to see if your service with us will count toward your academic program and urge you to consult with the practicum or field placement office at your school. 

Volunteers should be aware that parking on campus is quite scarce and there fees associated with parking.  Information on parking and the bus system which serves our campus is located at Directions and Parking

Wish to volunteer?  Please fill out our volunteer application and either drop it by our front desk or e-mail it to

Donating Books from Personal Collections

The Divinity Library is delighted to accept book donations.

Tax Information

We will provide a gift receipt that may be used by donors while filing taxes.  These receipts are generated at the end of the quarter in which the donation is received.  The receipts do not include individual titles, but will indicate the total numbers of paper and hardbacks in each donation.  If a donor wishes a title list, the donor should prepare one prior to submitting materials.

Upon making a donation, please make certain to include your name and address so that we may mail your receipt. 


The donor of the gift is responsible to determining the value of the gift.  The Divinity Library does not offer appraisals.  If an appraisal is desired, the donor should obtain one prior to delivering materials.  For gifts valued in excess of $5,000 federal regulations require appraisal by a qualified independent appraiser. Donors might also consult the listing provided by the American Society of Appraisers.

Other helpful links include:

American Society of Appraisers

Appraisers Association of America

Antiquarian Booksellers Association

US Publication 561 on determining value of property

US Tax Form 8283

Instructions to form 8283

Cataloging and Other Details

Please note that once the library accepts a gift it becomes the property of the Duke Divinity Library.  The library will determine whether individual items will be added to the collection, offered to students in book-give-aways, sold in book sales or to book dealers (proceeds are used to purchase library materials), or distributed to other needy libraries.   Criteria for retention may include condition of materials, subject relevance, and whether or not the item already is held in the collection.  If an item is retained, the Divinity School Library will make all determinations about cataloging, location, and circulation.


Books that are accessioned into the collection are assigned an “electronic bookplate” identifying the donor or designee (if the books are being donated in memory or honor of a loved one) as the source of the gift.      

Transporting & Mailing Items

Transportation and delivery is the responsibility of the donor. 

Small donations may be packaged and sent to:

Book Donations

Duke Divinity School Library

Duke Box 90972;  407 Chapel Drive

Durham, NC 27708


If large donations are being delivered, please e-mail to ensure that we will be open on the day that the items will be arriving and so we will have staff and dollies available to assist in unloading.  The best delivery point is to drive straight up Chapel Drive to the base of the Duke Chapel  (the tower is visible from quite a distance).  If security has the way to the chapel steps blocked, please let the officer know that you are making a library delivery and will be departing within a few minutes.