Government funding pays only a portion of the Library's operating expenses. We depend on support from generous individuals like you to help keep our books, classes, and resources FREE for all New Yorkers.

Membership: Join or Renew

  • 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!
  • Donate

    Each dollar you give helps the Library serve people of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs.
  • Give Monthly

    Monthly donors provide much-needed consistent support to the Library. Receive a tote as a thank you gift.
  • Honor & Memorial Gifts

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

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

Leave a Legacy

  • 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.
  • Get More Information

    Interested in learning more about leaving a legacy to the Library? Provide your contact information and a member of the Planned Giving team will reach out personally.

Attend Special Events

  • Benefit Events

    Show your support for the Library by attending some of New York's most exclusive events, including the Library Lions Gala, Young Lions Fiction Award, and more. Celebrate iconic honorees like Margaret Atwood, Francis Ford Coppola, Oprah Winfrey, and more.
  • Sign Up for Updates

    Don't miss out on hearing about our galas, annual lunch, and more.

Learn About Corporate & Foundation Support

  • Corporate Support

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

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

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

Other Ways to Give

  • Donor Advised Funds

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

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

    Choose from a variety of gifts that impact lives across the city. Give the gift yourself or dedicate it to someone you love.
  • Book Dedication

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

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


  • Current NYPL Volunteer Opportunities

    Show your support for the Library by sharing your time and skills to help us keep our 92 libraries strong.
  • Volunteer at the Schomburg Center

    The Schomburg Center, an NYPL research division, works to preserve and celebrate Black history and culture. Schomburg Center volunteers have the opportunity to share their talents and engage with the community.
  • Volunteering in Your Community

    Help school-aged children from elementary through high school with tutoring and mentorship opportunities, many remotely.