Friends of the Library
Government funding pays only a portion of The New York Public Library's operating expenses. The Library wouldn't exist as it is today without membership support from Friends of the Library, a donor membership group of generous people from across New York City and around the world.
In addition to exploring 46.8 million research items and checking out 9.9 million circulating items in branches, visitors can take language classes, attend exhibitions, send their children to early literacy programs, participate in job training courses, and so much more.
As a thank you for your support, when you join Friends of the Library, you’ll receive exclusive and generous benefits such as:
- Subscription to a members-only newsletter
- Savings in the Library Shop
- Discounts on select NYPL ticketed events
- Invitations to members-only events
- And so much more—see below!
It's only with the support of Friends of the Library that the Library can fulfill its mission to provide free access to information and opportunity for all.
Library Associate ($25-$49) | Join • Renew • Give the Gift of Membership
- A personalized donor membership card
- 10% discount at the Library Shop, in-store and online
- 10% discount at the Library’s café at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
- A year's subscription to Top Picks, a monthly e-newsletter
Friend ($50-$99) | Join • Renew • Monthly Giving • Give the Gift of Membership
All Library Associate benefits, plus
- Inside The New York Public Library, your guide to what’s happening at NYPL
- Discounts on ticket to select LIVE from NYPL programs
- 10% discount at the Schomburg Shop, in-store and online
Contributing Friend ($100-$249) | Join • Renew • Monthly Giving • Give the Gift of Membership
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
Supporting Friend ($250-$749) | Join • Renew • Monthly Giving • Give the Gift of Membership
All Contributing Friend benefits, plus:
- 20% discount on LIVE from NYPL general admission tickets and access to the presale
- Two additional Holiday Open House tickets, for a total of four tickets
- Invitation for two to the annual Friends Lecture Luncheon, featuring today’s most exciting writers and thinkers
Leading Friend ($750-$1,499) | Join • Renew • Monthly Giving •Give the Gift of Membership
All Supporting Friend benefits, plus:
- Invitations to behind-the-scenes tours of the Library’s exhibitions
- Curator-led tour of NYPL treasures
Looking to make a bigger impact? Become a Conservator.
Join by Mail
Please make your check out to NYPL and include "membership" in the memo. Send to
The New York Public Library
445 Fifth Avenue, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10016
If you have any questions, please contact the Friends Office at email@example.com or 212.930.0653.