Support the Library Every Month: Become a Guardian

Become a Library Guardian & Receive a Special Gift!

The New York Public Library toteNew Yorkers rely on the Library for so many essential things. They come from every corner of the city to check out books, conduct world-class research, learn English as a second language, power their job search, get after-school homework help, and more.

Unfortunately, the government only pays for a portion of these crucial services. That’s where you come in.

Monthly donors, our Guardians, provide reliable support that helps provide books, classes, and other essential services all year round. As a special thank you, you'll also receive a Library tote!

Donate to the Library

Membership levels and benefits:

Friend Guardian, $5 a month

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

Contributing Friend Guardian, $10 a month

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

The New York Public Library's tax ID number is 13-1887440.