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Each dollar you give helps the Library serve people of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs. Monthly donors provide much-needed consistent support to the Library. Receive a tote as a thank you gift.

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    Get 6 MONTHS FREE of Your Friends of the Library Membership!

    Attend exclusive member events, receive discounts at the Library Shop, meet literary New Yorkers, and support a vital institution today. Make your membership donation today.

Membership: Join or Renew

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    Explore Membership Opportunities

    Choose the membership group that's right for you and discover a wide range of great benefits.

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    Make a Membership Gift

    You are at the core of our work to provide books, classes, and more, for free. Become a Friend of the Library or renew today to enjoy discounts, complimentary tickets to events, and more!

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    Planned Giving

    Leave a legacy by supporting the Library via bequests, charitable IRA distributions, gifts from your estate and will, and more. Provide free and open access to education and opportunity for generations to come.

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    Benefit Events

    Show your support for the Library by attending some of New York's most exclusive events, including the Library Lions Gala, Library Lunch, Young Lions Fiction Awards, and more.

More Ways to Give

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    Honor & Memorial Gifts

    Remember or celebrate someone special by making a gift in a loved one's name.

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    Book Dedication

    Print a name and personalized message inside a New York Public Library circulating book.

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    Chair Dedication

    Personalize a chair plaque in our iconic Rose Main Reading Room or newly renovated Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library.

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    Donor-Advised Funds

    Select the Library for a fully tax-deductible grant from your Donor Advised Fund and support millions of New Yorkers.

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    Start Your Own Campaign

    Dedicate your birthday, celebrate your wedding, honor a loved one, or create your own campaign in support of the Library.

Learn About Corporate & Foundation Support

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    Corporate Support

    Corporate partnership opportunities range from exhibition sponsorship to support for programs that help the most underserved New Yorkers.

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    Foundation Support

    Foundations provide essential general operating support and help fund special initiatives that improve the lives of countless New Yorkers.

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    Company Match

    Your company may match your donation to The New York Public Library, enabling you to double—or even triple—your impact!