Young Lions


Young Lions Fiction Award

Young Lions are literary-minded New Yorkers in their 20s and 30s. Meet new people and gain access to one of a kind events and experiences. Become a Young Lion of The New York Public Library today!

The Young Lions is a special membership group for people who love literature, love a good cocktail, and love the Library. Young Lions members receive exclusive access to engaging and inspiring events, behind-the-scenes tours of the NYPL, pre-release film screenings, intimate discussions with celebrated writers, the annual Young Lions Fiction Award, and more. Membership provides critical support to the Library’s Book Fund, which ensures all New Yorkers have access to books, e-books, and other essential resources, completely free of charge.  

Young Lion ($35/month or $400–$899 annually)  
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  • 10% discount at the Library Shop and cafe
  • 20% discount on LIVE from NYPL tickets
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Invitations to the Young Lions Cocktails and Conversations series
  • Private, after-hours, behind-the-scenes tours of the Library and its magnificent collections
  • Pre-release screenings of films followed by Q&As
  • Exhibition openings and previews
  • Two invitations to Book Swap, where members exchange favorite books and get reading recommendations from NYPL librarians
  • Two invitations to Lecture Luncheon, featuring today's most exciting writers and thinkers
  • Invitation to the Young Lions Fiction Award ceremony and party
  • Two tickets to The New York Public Library's Holiday Open House, the most festive event of the year

Young Lion Conservator ($75/month or $900–$2,499 annually) 
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All Young Lion benefits, plus:

  • Invitations to Young Lion Conservators Salons (New York City's best kept secret), where members read highly-anticipated books and hear from today's most exciting writers 
  • Invitations to Conservators Salons on literature, history, art, and more
  • Two additional tickets to The New York Public Library's Holiday Open House, for a total of four tickets

Young Lion Tilden Conservator ($2,500–$4,999) 
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All Young Lion Conservator benefits, plus:

  • Invitations to the Business Leadership Council Series, where influential leaders come together to construct an open dialogue about relevant trends, strategies, and ideas*
  • Invitations to exclusive Cocktails with a Curator receptions
  • Invitation to Tilden Tours, where members receive behind-the-scenes access to New York’s iconic cultural institutions
  • Recognition of your support in the Library’s Annual Report

Young Lion Lenox Conservator ($5,000–$9,999) 
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All Young Lion Tilden Conservator benefits, plus:

  • Invitation to Cullman Center Luncheons, where Fellows discuss the projects they are working on throughout the year*
  • Invitation to Lenox and Astor Reading Groups, intimate events held in a private home with a distinguished writer

Young Lion President's Council ($10,000 and above)
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All Young Lion Lenox Conservator benefits, plus:

  • Invitations to President's Council dinners, exclusive evenings hosted by the Library's Chairman, President, and President's Council Co-Chairs featuring 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

*This benefit is available upon request and may impact tax-deductibility. Learn more about the tax-deductible portion of your membership gift.

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Young Lions Committee Co-Chairs: Elizabeth Cebron, Alice Eaton, Atul Joshi, Vincent Piazza

Young Lions Committee Members: Amanda McCormick Bacal, Caroline Bleeke, Mallika Bhargava, Nicholas T. Brown,  Josh Elkes, Emily Graff, Emily Gray, Scott Grinsell, Anna Jensen, Julia Kardon, Andrew Klaber, Susan Verni Lazarus, Chloe Malle, Harry Morgenthau, Benjamin Rauch, Carlo Steinman, Kendall Storey, Vikram Suresh, Trey Surpless, Ellie Whiteford

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