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Make a Membership Gift

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.

Plus, Friends receive special benefits such as discounted LIVE tickets, invitations to member events, and the satisfaction of belonging to group of generous and compassionate New Yorkers.

Want to make a monthly membership gift? Click here.

If you wish to make a fully tax-deductible gift, you can waive membership benefits below or click here.

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  • Personalized membership card
  • 10% discount at the Library Shop, in-store and online
  • 10% discount at the Library’s café at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
  • Year's subscription to Top Picks, the Library's monthly e-newsletter

All Library Associate benefits, plus:

  • Inside The New York Public Library, your guide to what’s happening at NYPL
  • 10% discount for LIVE from the NYPL and access to presale tickets

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:

  • 20% discount on LIVE from the NYPL general admission tickets and access to the presale
  • 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

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

Membership Benefits

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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