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 Hate U Give
The Hate U Give tells the story of Starr Carter, a 16-year-old girl who moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the suburban prep school she attends. That uneasy balance is shattered when Starr’s childhood best friend, Khalil, is fatally shot by a police officer, even though he was unarmed.

As Kahlil’s death becomes a national story, sparking protests, Starr and her family become the targets of intimidation by police and a local drug lord. What she says – or does not say – about Kahlil’s death could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Look for more details soon on a July webinar, and mark your calendars for August 12, when we’ll discuss The Hate U Give together!


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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Visiting SECF:
All staff are working remotely at this time but can still be reached via email and by calling (404) 524-0911.

Monday-Thursday from 9:00am–6:00pm (ET)
Friday from 9:00am–12:00pm (ET)

Phone: (404) 524-0911
Fax: (404) 523-5116

Mission: SECF strengthens Southern philanthropy, welcoming our members to listen, learn and collaborate on ideas and actions to help build an equitable, prosperous South.