Queens College, hailed by former New York Governor George Pataki as the “Jewel of the City University”, is committed to providing a first class education to talented students of all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. The Queens College Library supports the liberal arts curriculum and professional studies with print and electronic resources, services, and instruction in information literacy.


Like most academic libraries in the U.S. we face many challenges, including:

  • The rapid rise in the cost of Journals, books, and electronic resources essential for student and faculty research.
  • A continuous decrease in State funding.
  • The need to incorporate emerging technologies.
  • An aging and deteriorating print collection in need of replacement.

To meet these challenges the Library depends on private donations from alumnæ, members of the Queens College community, and the community at large.

Anyone who donates $50 or more to the Library is entitled to borrowing privileges for six months. Access to Queens College databases is available to donors from kiosks in the library, while access from elsewhere is limited to those with a Queens College ID. Whether donations are made through the Queens College Foundation (for the Library), donors are asked to consult the Borrowing Desk at (718) 997-3702 to receive their borrowing card.

However you choose to support the Library, whether you establish an endowment or donate toward one book, you will become a member of the Queens College Community and will join in the education for future generations of students.

For more information please visit Queens College Foundation or call 718-997-3920 to learn more.

Cash Donations

For Special Occasions

Holidays, birthdays, retirements and other special events provide great opportunities to honor family or friends with a gift to the Library. A gift in memory of a loved one assures that generations of students and faculty will remember the honoree. We promptly send an acknowledgment to the donor and to the honoree or their family.

You may use a credit card to make an online donation.

For Books

Donate for Books is a lasting way to help the Library acquire books which it cannot purchase from State funds and thereby help generations of students and faculty in their research. It is also a wonderful way to honor or remember a family member, a colleague, or a friend. Donors may choose a subject area for the books they donate. We will insert a special bookplate in each donated book with the name(s) of the donor and the honoree, and promptly acknowledge the gift to both. Please consider donating at the following levels:

  • $500 for 10 books
  • $250 for 5 books
  • $50 for 1 book

A gift of $50 or more entitles the donor to borrowing privileges from the Queens College Library. Please click on the Donate for Books.

Bouquet of Books is another way that you can donate cash for books. For more information, please vist the Office of Development’s naming opportunities page and click on “Bouquet of Books”.


An endowment is a permanent gift, “a gift that keeps growing.” Distribution from an endowment supports the area for which it was established. The principal remains intact and only a percentage of the earned income is used annually by the Library.

Endowments, can be established to support a library collection in a subject of interest to the donor, a computer laboratory, a classroom, or a service area. Depending on size, endowments are named after their donors or the ones they wish to honor.

Listed below are some of the endowments established by generous Friends of the Queens College Library:

  • Endowment for Children’s Literature and books in Arts & Humanities
  • Endowment for books in Science
  • Endowment for books in Russian Literature and Journalism
  • Endowment for Lincolniana & 19th Century American History
  • Endowment for Children’s Literature

Endowments are needed in other areas: Business, Sociology, Political Science, and other Social Science subjects, Music, Art, and others.

For more information please visit Queens College Foundation or call 718-997-3920 to learn more.

Naming Opportunities

We have many spaces in the award winning library building which can be named in honor of donors or those they wish to honor. There are a variety of unnamed spaces — small ones like faculty carrels and group study rooms, and larger ones such as the electronic classrooms, a Multi-Media Center, and the Art and Music Libraries.

Library spaces listed below have already been named by generous donors:

  • The Carole and Norman Barham Rotunda
  • The Edward Applebaum (QC ’77) Library Classroom
  • The Evelyn Feldmann Ansbacher (QC ’61) Chief Librarian’s Conference Room
  • The Louis Gordon Faculty Carrel
  • The Hal & Ida Gross Collection of Lincolniana & 19th Century American History
  • The Leonard & Elaine Kaplan (QC ’55) Faculty Carrel
  • The Michael & Barbara Twomey Student Lounge
  • Dr. Louis Coburn — BRL Reference Table 2 LIS Collection
  • The Charles J. Tanenbaum Room

For more information please visit Queens College Foundation or call 718-997-3920 to learn more.

Gift Policy

The Queens College Libraries gratefully accept gifts and contributions for the development of its collection(s).

Especially valuable are scholarly books that support the curriculum by enhancing collection strengths or by improving collection weaknesses. Also welcome are rare books and other books of individual value (e.g. first editions, author signed copies, etc.).

We welcome the donation of published books that are written or edited by Queens College faculty or alumni.

Gifts are treated as new acquisitions. Therefore, they are evaluated by the same standards which we apply to new purchases. This practice safeguards quality and consistency, and ensures that additions to our collection remain relevant to the needs of the Library’s users.

If you have an entire collection devoted to one subject (i.e. Civil Rights, WWII) you are interested in donating, please contact our Special Collections

Guidelines for Donating Material

Due to the specific needs of the Library, the following items CANNOT be accepted:

  • textbooks which are two (2) or more editions out-of-date
  • books in brittle condition or whose pages are brittle or damaged by water
  • material in formats outdated or not collected by the Library (e.g. LPs, audio-books)
  • paperback editions of popular fiction
  • any periodicals (newspapers, magazines, journals, etc.)

Please consult the Queens College Libraries Collection Development Policy for more information on the types of material that support our curriculum.


All prospective gift donors must complete a Queens College Libraries Gift-in-Kind Offer Application. No donations should be sent or brought to the Library prior to formal written acceptance of the gift by the Library. Any gifts physically deposited at or sent to the Library without prior approval and arrangement will become the property of the Library to be disposed of as the Library sees fit.


Materials donated to the Queens College Libraries become its property. Gift material not added to the collection may be sold, offered to other libraries, or otherwise disposed of at the Library’s discretion.

Tax Issues

Gifts to the Queens College Libraries are tax-deductible. Please refer to the IRS for its policies on gift giving. Please note that appraisals are solely the responsibility of the donor. Donors considering a tax deduction who wish to have their collection appraised, must do so prior to making the donation because once the gift is received by the Library an appraisal CANNOT be accommodated.


A note in our online catalog will identify each book donated and added to the library’s collection. Bookplates can be provided if the donor is willing to fund them. Acknowledgement letters will be sent to the donor upon request.

Alternative Options

Listed below are alternative venues for your gift if your donation is not appropriate for the Queens College Libraries(The following sites are not endorsed by QC Libraries — they are included for information purposes only.):

Thank you for your interest in supporting the collection of the Queens College Libraries.


Individuals may wish to make a deferred gift to the Queens College Library, gift by will, trust, gift annuity, life insurance, real estate, or stocks. Assistance is available for legal and tax questions regarding bequests.

For more information please visit Queens College Foundation or call 718-997-3920 to learn more.

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Queens College Libraries (FOL) is a volunteer organization with a twofold purpose: sponsoring cultural events for the QC community and raising funds to donate to the Queens College Library to provide services, books, and equipment the library would otherwise be unable to afford. In the past, the Friends have sponsored celebrations in honor of the anniversaries of Yeats, Mozart, Whitman, Rogers and Hammerstein, and Bessie Smith. The Friends have also sponsored a trio of programs celebrating Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams, and Henry Purcell. Other events sponsored by the FOL have included National Library Week programs on the 100th anniversary of the birth of F. Scott Fitzgerald, concerts and lectures commemorating Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms, a faculty lecture recognizing the 100th anniversary of the birth of William Faulkner, and, in collaboration with the Music school, a celebration of the centennial of George Balanchine.

Over the years the Friends have provided endowments to the Library and funded a variety of special needs, including the preservation of the Ford Theatre playbill for the night that President Lincoln was assassinated and restoring the Hallum will of 1759, and have donated funds to the Reserve Library to purchase textbooks for students in financial need, equipment for the Educational Curriculum Center, books on multicultural topics and English as a Second Language, and computers for public access to the Internet. Friends of the Library have also funded a lounge for students on level 4 of Rosenthal Library.

Membership is open to all at two levels:

  • Life: $500
  • Patron: $50

Members at the Patron level receive borrowing privileges for a six month period excluding database remote access. Life members receive continuing borrowing privileges. Membership forms are available at the Rosenthal Library Borrowing desk. A Friends membership will be issued at Borrowing desk upon completion of an application form (please present a valid government issued I.D.) and the successful processing of your Friends fee (cash or check accepted).

For more information, please contact:

Kenneth Rosenberg on Email
Kenneth Rosenberg
Acquisitions Librarian , Queens College Libraries