Lending Library

FOR MEMBERS Lending Library
SECF members have access to a virtual lending library offering e-books and audiobooks on best practices in philanthropy, equity, leadership and more!

Chair’s Book Club Selection: The Sun Does Shine
In The Sun Does Shine, Anthony Ray Hinton shares his experience of spending nearly 30 years on Alabama’s death for a crime he did not commit. His journey began with anger but led to a commitment to serve as a beacon of hope for those around him. For the next 27 years, he served as a model and a mentor for those on death row, all the while never losing the determination to prove his innocence. In 2015, with the help of attorney Bryan Stevenson and the Equal Justice Initiative, Hinton won his release from prison.

  • Join the Chair’s Book Club to get access to virtual events and discussions!
  • Check out a copy of The Sun Does Shine from the SECF Lending Library on OverDrive
  • Learn more about the Chair’s Book Club
  • Read the announcement from Board Chair Regan Gruber Moffitt & Chair-Elect Robert Dortch

  • Browse the library and check out books now – or keep reading to learn more!

    The SECF Lending Library features a variety of titles hand-picked by the SECF staff in consultation with our members. It includes works written by previous Annual Meeting speakers along with a diverse group of experts and thought leaders.

    How It Works

    SECF has partnered with OverDrive to offer our library – you may already be familiar with OverDrive, which works with hundreds of public library systems across the country to offer e-books and audiobooks to patrons free of charge.

    Just like these public libraries, the SECF Lending Library is accessible from Libby, a user-friendly app for iOS and Android devices that allows for borrowing and reading all in one place (users of older devices can also use the OverDrive app).

    View our guide to using Libby with the SECF Lending Library.

    To borrow items, you’ll need to log in to OverDrive with your SECF username and your unique SECF OverDrive password – if you were in our member database as of March 2020, you should have received this password via email.

    If you do not know your SECF username or OverDrive password, contact Stephen Sherman at stephen@secf.org or (404) 524-0911 for assistance with your login.

    Once you borrow a title, you’ll be able to enjoy it on your computer, tablet, smartphone or eReader. Most e-books are available to read in a variety of formats, including Kindle, Adobe EPUB, Adobe PDF, and OverDrive Read. Audiobooks can be downloaded in MP3 format or played directly from your browser.

    Learn More

    You can learn more by viewing the following FAQ documents: 


    eBooks can be borrowed for up to 21 days and audiobooks can be borrowed for up to 14 days.

    If no other users have placed a hold on the item, you may renew it and extend your loan period.

    No, titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period unless renewed or returned early.

    Users may check out up to 2 items at a time.

    Yes, you can place a hold on an item to be notified when it is available for you to borrow.

    Users may place up to 2 holds at a time.

    Help Us Grow Our Collection 

    We’ll be continuously adding titles to the SECF Lending Library. Have a book or author you’d like to borrow that isn’t in our library? You can use the Recommend to Library feature within OverDrive to suggest a title or contact Stephen Sherman via email at stephen@secf.org or by phone at (404) 524-0911.

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