Named in honor of John Bigelow, the first President of the New York Public Library, the Bigelow Society, created in 1991, is an honorary organization that recognizes the generosity of individuals who have named the Library in their will or trust or have designated the Library as beneficiary of an investment account or insurance policy. The Library expresses its gratitude to members by inviting them to special Library events and by listing their names in donor publications. The support of Bigelow Society members ensures that the Library can continue its mission to inspire life-long learning, advance knowledge and strengthen our communities for generations to come.
Current Bigelow Society members Nancy Wight (click for video) and Johanna Hurwitz have shared their personal stories as a testament to their support for the Library's ongoing work. We hope their words inspire you to make the Library a part of your legacy and we invite you to download The Bigelow Society brochure by clicking here.
Ways that you can support the Library and become a fellow Bigelow Society member: