Architecture Book Donations

Donate Your Architecture Books To Preservation Chicago


What does Preservation Chicago do with my book donation?

  • Preservation Chicago staff relies upon our architecture library for research regarding the historic building that we advocate for.
  • Original documents or rare books are typically donated to established institutions such as the Ryerson & Burnham Libraries.
  • Duplicate books are typically donated to interested individuals or institutions or occasionally sold to support the organization.


What kinds of donations does the Preservation Chicago accept?

  • Preservation Chicago accepts donations of any books or documents related to architecture, Chicago history, and Chicago’s built environment.
  • We work closely with the Ryerson & Burnham Libraries at The Art Institute of Chicago regarding any original materials including as architectural drawings, documents, maps, papers, histories, etc.


Are donations tax deductible?

  • Yes, any books donated to the Preservation Chicago may be deducted as charitable donations in kind.  Upon request, donation receipt will be issued from Preservation Chicago to donor.  Donation receipts do not estimate the value of donations.  Please consult your tax advisor for more detailed information.


Where should I bring my donations?

  • Please bring or mail donations to Preservation Chicago’s office at 4410 N. Ravenswood Ave, Chicago IL 60640.
  • For larger donations, please contact Ward Miller, Executive Director at 773.334.8800


More Questions about Donating…Call Ward Miller, Executive Director, at 773.334.8800 or email him at