2019 ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DUES

Dues are a vital source of income for operations. In 2019, we adjusted our dues to provide enhanced membership benefits to our donors and increased support for the Library Company. We hope you will choose to support the Library Company in 2019 and take advantage of the following members-only events and benefits.

Student Membership, $50 (Student ID required)
  • Subscription to Occasional Miscellany, our semi-annual newsletter
  • Invitations to exhibition openings, member-only receptions, lectures and special events
  • Admission to collection reviews, gallery tours, lectures, & talks
Friends, $100
  • Subscription to Occasional Miscellany, our semi-annual newsletter
  • Invitations to exhibition openings, member-only receptions, lectures and special events
  • Admission to collection reviews, gallery tours, lectures, & talks
  • 10% discount on Library Company publications and merchandise
  • Recognition in the Annual Report
  • A hard copy of the Library Company’s Annual Report
Shareholders (Initial Contribution $500; Annual Minimum Contribution $175)

Enjoy all the benefits of being a Friends member, plus:

  • Consultation with Library staff on selection of your unique historic share
  • Personalized share certificate
  • Copy of At the Instance of Benjamin Franklin: A Brief History of the Library Company
  • Special orientation tour of the Library Company
  • Discounts on special programs such as the Seminars Series and Salons
  • Opportunity to volunteer on a Library Company Committee
  • Invitation to the Annual Meeting and opportunity to appoint Board of Trustees
  • New shareholders will receive one year of complementary Phillis Wheatley Level benefits
Phillis Wheatley Level, $400

Enjoy all the benefits of being a Shareholder, plus:

  • Membership in the “Franklin’s Junto” and invitation to annual Junto event
  • Receipt of annual membership gift
  • Guest at one session of our new Seminar Series
James Rush Level, $1,000

Enjoy all the benefits of being a Shareholder at the Phillis Wheatley Level, plus:

  • Behind-the-scenes tour of the Library Company (includes one guest) – by request
  • Invitation to an annual special event at a private collector’s home
  • Exclusive on-site Library Company events
  • Invitation to dinner with our research fellows
GIVING CIRCLES

The Library Company is proud to introduce our revised Giving Circles. These Circles are based on your cumulative giving throughout the year. We thank you for supporting the Library Company’s annual initiatives and we hope that you’ll enjoy our new recognition benefits.

James Logan Circle, $2,500

   Enjoy all the benefits of being a shareholder at the James Rush Level, plus:

  • Invitation to a private curatorial presentation for you and three guests
  • Complementary Library Company publications

Richard Allen Circle, $5,000

   Enjoy all the benefits of being a shareholder at the James Logan Circle, plus:

  • Annual private luncheon with the Director
  • You and a friend can be our guest for one four-part Seminar Series

Edwin Wolf 2nd Circle, $10,000

   Enjoy all the benefits of being a shareholder at the Richard Allen Circle plus:

  • Private tour of the Library Company and reception (catering not included) – By request

Benjamin Franklin Circle, $25,000

  Enjoy all the benefits of being a shareholder at the Edwin Wolf 2nd Circle, plus:

  • Private luncheon (up to 20 people) at the Library Company (catering not included) – By request
LIBRARY COMPANY SOCIETIES

The Library Company is proud to host four special societies that provide a different way to connect with our historic institution and feature special opportunities for engagement. For more information on how you can become involved please contact Raechel Hammer, Chief Development Officer at 215-546-3181 or via email at rhammer@librarycompany.org

Franklin’s Junto: The Junto was a group founded by Franklin that met weekly to talk about the news of the day and propose solutions to community problems.  They started the Library Company as a way to pool their resources and buy books together.  This society honors this tradition by raising money to buy new books and other collection items for the Library Company.  It supports an annual campaign focused on the acquisition of a particular item or category of items, and celebrates with an annual event (including Phillis Wheatley level members and above) to learn about and view newly-acquired items.

James Rush Society: Members of the James Rush Society are those who choose to include the Library Company in their estate plans. As stewards of the Library Company’s future, we are excited to host an Annual James Rush Luncheon and other opportunities to interact with curators and collections of the Library Company.

Charlotte Cushman Society: Created in 2018, the Charlotte Cushman Society is a group of donors dedicated to recovering and sharing LGBT history and will support on-going initiatives and exploration. An annual program and other exclusive opportunities will be offered to members of this important group.

Young Professionals Society:  New this year, the Young Professionals Society provides specialized and unique engagement opportunities for those who are between the ages of 21 and 45. As a young professional, you’ll meet and mingle with curators, staff and friends, while participating in events that are tailored and planned by a committee of peers.

A copy of the official registration of the Library Company as a charitable organization and financial information may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, (800)732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.