Lending Library

FOR MEMBERS Lending Library

Philanthropy Southeast 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: Never Thought of It That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times

Partisanship is up, trust is down, and our social media feeds make us sure we're right and everyone else is ignorant (or worse). But avoiding and attacking one another is breaking... everything.

Journalist Mónica Guzmán is the loving liberal daughter of Mexican immigrants who voted—twice—for Donald Trump. When the country could no longer see straight across the political divide, Mónica set out to find what was blinding us, and discovered the most eye-opening tool we're not using: our own curiosity.

In this timely, personal guide, Mónica, the chief storyteller for the national cross-partisan depolarization organization Braver Angels, takes you to the real front lines of a crisis that threatens to grind America to a halt—broken conversations among confounded people. She shows you how to overcome the fear and assumptions that surround us to finally do what only seems impossible: understand and even learn from people in your life whose whole worldview is not just different from yours, but opposed.

Drawing from conversations she's had, organized, or witnessed everywhere from the echo chambers on social media to the wheat fields in Oregon to raw, unfiltered fights with her family on election night, Mónica shows how you can put your natural sense of wonder to work for you immediately, finding the answers you need by talking with people—rather than about them—and asking the questions you want across the divides you want, curiously.

Learn more or join the Chair’s Book Club and get access to virtual events and discussions!

Check out a copy of Never Thought of It That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times from the Philanthropy Southeast Lending Library


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

The Philanthropy Southeast Lending Library features a variety of titles hand-picked by the Philanthropy Southeast 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

Philanthropy Southeast 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 Philanthropy Southeast 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 Philanthropy Southeast Lending Library.

To borrow items, you’ll need to log in to OverDrive with your Philanthropy Southeast username and your unique Philanthropy Southeast 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 Philanthropy Southeast username or OverDrive password, contact Stephen Sherman at stephen@philanthropysoutheast.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 Philanthropy Southeast 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@philanthropysoutheast.org or by phone at (404) 524-0911.

Connecting with Philanthropy Southeast:
The Philanthropy Southeast staff works remotely – the best way to reach us is by email or by calling (404) 524-0911.

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

On Fridays, staff work on a flexible schedule. Members can reach our team via email or by calling (404) 524-0911 between 9:00am and 6:00pm (ET). We will respond to all urgent and time-sensitive matters promptly.

Mailing address:
100 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 2080
Atlanta, GA 30303

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