Become a Member

Become a member of The Friends and help raise support and awareness for one of New York’s greatest historical resources. As a Friend, you will join others like you who understand the importance of preserving institutions that promote New York State’s cultural heritage.

The Friends is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and memberships are tax-deductible to the fullest extent.

All Friends members will receive:

  • A one year subscription to the New York State Library News, an illustrated quarterly newsletter regarding developments in the State’s flagship library;
  • Invitations to other stimulating programs at the State Library;
  • Several coupons for discounts at select local bookstores;
  • Admission to the Friends’ Annual Meeting featuring a talk by an author of a recently published book.

Supporting Membership ($25-49)

Eligible for all benefits listed above.

Contributing Membership ($50-99)

Eligible for all benefits listed above, plus:

  • Recognition in the New York State Library News;
  • Enhanced access to the Library’s resources (New York State residents only, please); and
  • A gift product related to New York State history, politics, or other topic.

Excelsior Membership ($100 or more)

Eligible for all benefits listed above, plus:

  • A behind the scenes tour of the State Library;
  • One $10 copier card; and
  • An invitation to a private special exhibit or program.



Now, joining The Friends and renewing your membership is an easy online process. If you wish to join or renew by credit card or Paypal account, follow the instructions below:
1. Click the “Join or Renew Online” button below—it will take you to a secure Paypal page.
2. Enter the amount you wish to donate and click “Update Total.” See the list above for membership levels.
3. Sign in if you have a Paypal account. If you don’t have an account (you don’t need one), fill out the form with your information. If you don’t see the form, look for “Don’t have a Paypal account?” and click “Continue” to navigate to it.
4. Submit your information. You will be directed back to The Friends’ website and we will send you confirmation by mail.



If you would prefer to join The Friends or renew a membership through the mail, you can download the membership form. Please make your check payable to “Friends of the New York State Library” and send the check and brochure to:

Friends of the New York State Library
P.O. Box 2247
Empire State Plaza Station
Albany, NY 12220