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Members have the unique opportunity to celebrate and explore the Library in the company of fellow supporters at Member Events. From the Annual Holiday Open House to exclusive events such as private tours, book talks, galas, and exhibition openings, we cater to the interests of our members.

But the significance of Library Membership runs deep. Your support helps maintain free services to some of New York City's most underserved groups. When you become a Member of the Library, you join thousands of generous and compassionate New Yorkers.

  • Friends

    $25 - $1,499

    Join our largest community of donors and receive exclusive invitations to the Holiday Gala and exhibition previews, discounts on tickets and merchandise, and year-round opportunities to celebrate with your fellow supporters.

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  • Conservators

    $1,500 - $24,999

    The Conservators are the intellectual and social heart of the Library, providing critical funds while enjoying an array of privileges including behind-the-scenes tours, exhibition previews, and forums featuring prominent writers, scholars and curators.

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  • President’s Council


    As an investor in our future, share intimate dinners and events with the leading public figures of our time, honoring your distinguished level of commitment to the Library.

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  • Young Lions


    Meet fellow Library supporters in their 20s and 30s at exclusive events including the Young Lions Benefit Party, the annual Young Lions Fiction Award, as well as our behind the scenes tours of the Library’s collections, exclusive film screenings, and forums featuring young writers, artists and innovators shaping the NYPL of tomorrow.

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  • Schomburg Society


    Join the committed group of donors who support the work of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and receive a special members' newsletter, invitations to exhibition previews and special events, and discounts on tickets and merchandise.

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  • Friends of the Library for the Performing Arts


    Become a charter member of this dedicated group of performing arts supporters. Help the Library for the Performing Arts continue to provide extraordinary collections, thought-provoking exhibitions, and dynamic programs—all free of charge. Join and receive special benefits, including invitations to members-only exhibition previews, reserved seating at popular programs, and a subscription to LPA’s quarterly e-newsletter.

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  • Bigelow Society

    Make a lifelong commitment to the Library and attend the festive Bigelow Society Tea each spring, as well as the gala Holiday Open House, exhibition previews, and exclusive tours to thank you for being a cherished part of our family.

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  • Business Leadership Council


    Subscribe to this highly exclusive, four-part breakfast series and gain insight from some of today’s most prominent business leaders as they take the rare opportunity to discuss compelling issues face-to-face.

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  • Lawyers for the Library

    Through Lawyers for the Library, the Library organizes unique networking, cultural, and social events for attorneys representing New York’s top law firms, their partners, and clients. A highlight of the season is the annual Lawyers for the Library reception and dinner. Other membership benefits include curator-led tours, VIP exhibition previews, volunteer opportunities, and intimate salons with writers, journalists, and thinkers.

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