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.

 

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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.

 




 

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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:

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