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Young Lions

The Young Lions is a membership group for New Yorkers in their 20s and 30s who are committed to supporting the work of the Library.

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Young Lions are eternally curious about the world around them.  Coming from diverse industries and backgrounds, Young Lions support The New York Public Library's mission of lifelong learning.  Since being founded in 1999, the Young Lions program has raised over $5 million to support the life and work of the Library.  The Young Lions have also brought valuable recognition to dozens of talented authors through the annual Young Lions Fiction Award, a $10,000 prize given to a writer under the age of 35.

Membership Benefits

Young Lion ($350 - $749)

  • Invitations to Young Lions Forums (3-4 per year)
  • Invitation to the Young Lions Fiction Award ceremony
  • Private, after-hours, behind-the-scenes tours of the Library and its magnificent collections (2 per year)
  • Preview screenings of films followed by Q&As
  • Invitations to lectures and tours presented by the Library's Friends Program
  • Invitations to VIP exhibition openings
  • 10% discount at The Library Shop
  • 46% savings on LIVE from the NYPL tickets

Young Lion Conservator ($750 - $2,499)

All Young Lion benefits, plus:

  • Invitations to Young Lion Conservator Salons, where members read highly anticipated books and meet renowned authors in intimate settings (3-4 per year)
  • Invitations to Conservators Forums on literature, history, art, and politics (3-4 per year)
  • Opportunity to purchase tickets to the Library's annual Library Lions gala

Young Lion Tilden Conservator ($2,500 - $4,999)

All Young Lion Conservator benefits, plus:

  • Invitations to the Tilden “Breakfast With” series, where authors, intellectuals, and industry leaders discuss their work with members at a breakfast in the home or office of a fellow Library supporter (2-3 per year)

Young Lion Lenox Conservator ($5,000 - $9,999)

All Young Lion Tilden Conservator benefits, plus: 

  • Invitations to the Conservators Lenox and Astor Reading Groups at which distinguished authors discuss their favorite classics (2 per year)

Young Lion President's Council ($10,000+)

All Young Lion Lenox Conservator benefits, plus:

  • Invitations to the fall and spring President's Council dinners, exclusive evenings hosted by the Library's Chairman, President, and President's Council Co-Chairs.  These dinners feature lively conversations with notable authors and public figures.
  • On request, a private tour of the Library's special collections or exhibitions tailored to individual interests
  • Reserved seating at any public program for members and their guests 

Young Lion/Conservator Family Combination Membership ($1,500)

Perfect for young families, this combination membership includes all the benefits of the Young Lion Conservator level, plus access to all the benefits of the Conservator Family program, which include:

  • Four (4) tickets to The New York Public Library's Family Benefit, a fun-filled morning for parents and children.  Held in historic Astor Hall, which i transformed into a wonderland inspired by children's books, the event features special activities, music, and games for kids of all ages.
  • Invitation to the annual Halloween family celebration, "Books & Boo," which features book readings, music, and other spooky activities 
  • A subscription to NYPL Kids!, a quarterly newsletter highlighting the latest and greatest in children's programs and literature

For more information, please contact the Young Lions Office at 212.930.0885 or at

Young Lions Committee

Sloane Crosley


Ben Loehnen


Rohit Singh


Thomas Anderman

Amanda McCormick Bacal

Emma Bloomberg

Nicholas T. Brown

Elizabeth Cebron

Nell Diamond

Bailey Eisen

Kristin Fisher

Emily Graff

Uzodinma Iweala

Samhita A. P. Jayanti

Jennifer S. Joel

Michael T.M. Jones

Andrew Klaber

Beth Kojima

Jennifer 8. Lee

Chloe Malle

Karen Mulligan

Andrea Olshan

Marisha Pessl

Sangeetha Ramaswamy

Morwin Schmookler

Jessica Siebel

Andrew Ross Sorkin

Jessica S. Tisch

Nina von Moltke

Cristina Alger Wang

Pamela Wasserstein

Ashley H. Wick

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