Support the Schomburg Center:
Enjoy 2 Extra Months of Benefits!

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The Schomburg Society is made up of donors who are passionate about our mission celebrate and preserve Black culture and history.

In celebration of The New York Public Library's 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 your gift today and your membership will be valid through December 31, 2021. That's 2 extra months of benefits, for free! Please note that limited-time benefits related to the Library's 125th anniversary are valid through 2020.

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

Support the Schomburg Center:
Enjoy 2 Extra Months of Benefits!

The Schomburg Society is made up of donors who are passionate about our mission celebrate and preserve Black culture and history.

In celebration of The New York Public Library's 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 your gift today and your membership will be valid through December 31, 2021. That's 2 extra months of benefits, for free! Please note that limited-time benefits related to the Library's 125th anniversary are valid through 2020.

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 Schomburg Shop, in-store and online, throughout 2020 (typically 10%)
  • Access to the Schomburg Connection, our e-newsletter with regular updates on news, programs, and events

All Associate benefits, plus:

  • Discount on select ticketed Schomburg Center public programs
  • Special 12.5% discount on general admission LIVE from NYPL tickets and access to the presale, throughout 2020 (typically 10%)
  • Special 12.5% discount at the Library Shop, in-store and online, throughout 2020 (typically 10%)
  • 20% discount at the Library's café at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
  • Year's subscription to the exclusive Schomburg Society member newsletter
  • Invitations to members-only exhibition previews

All Friend benefits, plus:

  • Invitations to members-only VIP events, like author talks and panel presentations
  • Two tickets to The New York Public Library’s annual Holiday Open House—the most festive event of the year

All Supporter benefits, plus:

  • Schomburg Society tote
  • Special access to Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library celebrations
  • Special access to the Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library's Treasures
  • Complimentary personalized book dedication
  • Listing on digital donor wall

All Annivesary Supporter benefits, plus:

  • Special 25% discount for LIVE from NYPL and access to presale tickets, throughout 2020 (typically 20%)
  • Special membership gift from the Schomburg Center
  • Two additional invitations to The New York Public Library's annual Holiday Open House, for a total of four attendees
  • Invitation for two to the annual Book Swap, where members share favorite books and get reading recommendations from NYPL librarians

All Patron benefits, plus:

  • Reserved seating at select Schomburg Center public programs
  • Complimentary invitation for two to attend the annual Friends Lecture Luncheon, featuring today’s most exciting writers and thinkers
  • Two additional invitations to the annual Book Swap, for a total of four attendees

All Sustainer benefits, plus:

  • 10% discount on Schomburg Center space rentals
  • Gift a complimentary membership to a friend or family member ($50 Friend)
  • Acknowledgement in the Schomburg Center member newsletter and The New York Public Library’s Annual Report
  • Two additional invitations to the annual Friends Lecture Luncheon, for a total of four attendees
  • Small group research discussions with curators and scholars

All Conservator benefits, plus:

  • Invitation to exclusive 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 125 year!

All Anniversary Conservator benefits, plus:

  • Private, behind-the-scenes tour of an exhibition or research division of your choice
  • Complimentary Business Leadership Council membership, where influential executives and leaders discuss market trends, business strategies, and ideas
  • Invitation to an exclusive gathering with Schomburg Center Director Kevin Young and other patrons
  • Private tour during the annual Schomburg Center Open House

All Heritage Circle benefits, plus:

  • Private, behind-the-scenes tour of Schomburg Center collections
  • Invitations to exclusive Gallery Talk receptions
  • Invitation to Lenox and Astor Reading Groups, intimate events held in a private home with a distinguished writer

All Chief's Circle benefits, plus:

  • Gift a complimentary membership to a friend or family member ($250 Patron)
  • Behind-the-scenes consultation or treasures tour with a Schomburg curator
  • Invitation to Cullman Center Luncheons, where Fellows discuss the projects they are working on throughout the year
  • Invitation to attend the Bernstein Award ceremony, a prize given to groundbreaking journalists
  • Private lunch for you and a guest with the Schomburg Center Director

Schomburg Society membership benefits start at $35. 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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