Become a Friend of Henry and Pearl, and get a Gerber/Hart Library Card!

Thanks to our supporters, Gerber/Hart Library and Archives provides free access to thousands of titles in our library, preserves LGTBQ+ history in Chicago and the Midwest, and hosts free or low-cost community events throughout the year. We are a hub for research for scholars and artists across the country and around the world, and a destination for student groups interested in learning more about the people and organizations who make our communities thrive. As a non-profit organization, donations from individuals are vital to continue the day-to-day operations and further the important mission of Gerber/Hart.

Please consider becoming a sustaining supporter of Gerber/Hart by joining the “Friends of Henry and Pearl”! When you give $10 or more a month, we will send you a brand new Gerber/Hart Library Card. Whether you borrow books from us regularly or support us from afar, your Gerber/Hart Library Card will be a reminder that you are making a difference in providing free access to books and the preservation of LGBTQ+ history.

In addition to the Library Card, Friends of Henry and Pearl get a few extra thanks for their sustaining support:


Become a Friend of Henry and Pearl now by clicking here, selecting your gift amount, and choosing “monthly” as the frequency.

Thank you!

Helpful FAQs:

How do I sign up?

Just go to, choose the “monthly” option in the Frequency field, and use your credit/debit card or bank account to donate. You’ll automatically be charged once a month, and receive a thank-you confirmation email when that happens. That’s it — you can set it and forget it, knowing you’re helping sustain Gerber/Hart’s mission! And if things change, you can cancel anytime by emailing

Do I need a Library Card to check out books?
No! Anyone age 13 and over can register as a borrower for free at Gerber/Hart. The Library Card is a fun way to show that you’re a “Friend of Henry and Pearl” – think of it as a “fan club” card. If you happen to have it with you on your next visit to Gerber/Hart, you can show us your signed card at the desk so we can pull up your library account. Whether you have a card or not, it will not impact your ability to borrow materials.

I’m already a recurring donor; do I need to do anything else?
No! All current recurring donors will automatically become a “Friend of Henry and Pearl” and receive all related perks and thanks (as well as entry into the contest!).

Can I donate anonymously?
Yes! Just select that option when you donate, and your name will not appear on the website or other places of public recognition.

I just want to give and support the mission of Gerber/Hart, but don’t want any special perks or recognition. Should I still give monthly?
Yes, and we will be incredibly grateful to count you as a sustaining supporter! You can specify that you’d like to “give only, no perks needed” in the comments sections when you donate, or send an email to Michael at to let us know.

Do I need to give by debit/ credit card/ automatic bank transfer on the website to become a “Friend of Henry and Pearl”?
Honestly, it’s more efficient for our small staff to process and acknowledge donations when made through the website – and it cuts down on the number of checks you have to write, as well as postage! But we welcome all donations, including checks.

Can I become a “Friend of Henry and Pearl” with a one-time donation, rather than a monthly donation?
Yes! If you give a one-time donation of $120 or more, we will happily count you as a “Friend of Henry and Pearl”