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Government funding pays only a portion of the Library's operating expenses.

Membership with the Friends of the Library group is a great way to support NYPL's free and vital services including literacy training, internet access, and job search resources.

In celebration of our 125th year, we are offering exclusive benefits in 2020, like a limited-edition tote, increased shop and ticket discounts, and invitations to members-only events.

Make a monthly gift & get a tote | Make a fully tax-deductible gift

Join the Library Family: Make a Membership Gift

In celebration of our 125th year, we are offering exclusive benefits in 2020, like a limited-edition tote, increased shop and ticket discounts, and invitations to members-only events.

Make a monthly gift & get a tote | Make a fully tax-deductible gift

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  • Personalized donor membership card
  • Special 12.5% discount at the Library Shop, in-store and online, for the duration of 2020 (typically 10%)
  • 20% discount at the Library's café
  • A year's subscription to Top Picks, a monthly e-newsletter

All Library Associate benefits, plus:

  • Inside The New York Public Library, your guide to what's happening at NYPL
  • Special 12.5% discount on LIVE from the NYPL and access to presale tickets, for the duration of 2020 (typically 10%)
  • Special 12.5% discount at the Schomburg Shop, in-store and online, for the duration of 2020 (typically 10%)

All Friend benefits, plus:

  • Two tickets to the Library's annual Holiday Open House—the most festive event of the year
  • Invitation for two to the annual Book Swap, where members exchange favorite books and get reading recommendations from NYPL librarians

All Contributing Friend benefits, plus:

  • Limited-edition 125th anniversary tote (while supplies last)
  • Special access to Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library celebrations in May 2020
  • Special access to the Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library's Treasures when it opens in November 2020
  • Complimentary personalized book dedication
  • Listing on digital donor wall

All Anniversary Contributing Friend benefits, plus:

  • Special 25% discount on LIVE from the NYPL general admission tickets and access to the presale, throughout 2020 (typically 20%)
  • Two additional Holiday Open House tickets, for a total of four tickets
  • Invitation for two to the annual Friends Lecture Luncheon, featuring today's most exciting writers and thinkers

All Supporting Friend benefits, plus:

  • Invitations to behind-the-scenes tours of the Library's exhibitions
  • Curator-led tour of NYPL treasures

All Leading Friends benefits, plus:

  • Invitation to Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library ribbon-cutting ceremony
  • Advanced tickets to our grand 125th Anniversary Gala—a celebration unlike any other and the finale of our 125th year!
  • Invitations to exclusive Conservator Salons featuring prominent writers, thinkers, and cultural luminaries

Membership benefits start at $25. Benefits will be matched according to the level of the donation.

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By choosing to not receive benefits with your membership, your gift is fully tax deductible and you will not receive a member card, invitations to events, e-updates, or be eligible for member discounts.

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