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Become a Member

Our members provide critical support for everything that the Center for Brooklyn History does. While our doors are closed, your support now means more than ever.

We offer memberships at a variety of levels with excellent benefits, including the ability to pre-register for programs, special events and much more. See below for information about each membership level.

Members

Students / Teachers / Seniors / Person with Disabilities $35

  • Invitations to exhibition openings and special events at CBH
  • Early registration access for select public programs and lectures at CBH
  • Subscription to BPL’s seasonal magazine, Off the Shelf
  • 10% discount at BPL’s online shop
  • Reciprocal member benefits with 170-plus CBH partner museums and historical societies nationwide through the Time-Travelers program
  • Reciprocal membership with the Green-Wood Cemetery

*Fully tax-deductible

Friend $75

  • Invitations to exhibition openings special events at CBH
  • Early registration access for select public programs and lectures at CBH
  • Subscription to BPL’s seasonal magazine, Off the Shelf
  • 10% discount at BPL’s online shop
  • Reciprocal member benefits with 170-plus CBH partner museums and historical societies nationwide through the Time-Travelers program
  • Reciprocal membership with the Green-Wood Cemetery

*Fully tax-deductible

Family / Partner $100

All of the above and…

  • Invitations for TWO to exhibition openings special events at CBH

*Fully tax-deductible

Champion $250

All of the above and…

  • Complimentary member gift from BPL or CBH shop
  • Opportunity to have a personalized Bookplate placed on a circulating Library book (contact [email protected] for more information)

Community Leader $500

All of the above and…

  • TWO guest passes for exclusive member tours of BPL’s Central Library and the Center for Brooklyn History
  • Gift of one Family / Partner membership to recipient of your choice
  • Recognition of your support in annual report

Whitman Circle $1,500

The Whitman Circle is a community of champions who believe that all Brooklynites deserve the chance to discover their potential and our borough’s history at our libraries.

When you join the Whitman Circle, you make a statement about the Library’s enduring importance in our community and provide vital funding for the Center for Brooklyn History (CBH), youth programs, outreach initiatives, services for older adults—and of course, books.

  • Invitation for two to an evening of cocktails and conversation with a celebrated author in a beautiful Brooklyn home, and a newly released signed book
  • Opportunity to reserve VIP seats at sought-after Library and CBH lectures, readings and performances
  • Private, one-on-one session with CBH archivist to explore your personal Brooklyn research interests
  • Invitation for two to annual behind-the-scenes tour of CBH historical collections and the Library’s Book-Ops headquarters
  • Opportunity to dedicate your favorite book in BPL’s collection with a personalized bookplate
  • Invitation to Galas
  • Recognition of your support in annual report

https://www.bklynlibrary.org/support/whitman-circle

Give the gift of a membership today! Purchase a gift membership by emailing [email protected].

All Green-Wood Cemetery members receive unlimited complimentary admission for one to CBH’s exhibition galleries and Othmer Library, invitations to exhibition openings and preview days, and discounts on Brooklyn Public Library merchandise.

Contact Information

To become an member or questions related to membership, contact:

Elizabeth Morrel, Manager of Individual Giving and Campaigns