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Member Benefits

Boston Athenæum members provide nearly one-fifth of the institution's annual operating funds with their annual dues.  In return, members enjoy a wide range of benefits, including:

Library Privileges

  • Ability to check out books from the library's continuously expanding circulating and reference collection of more than 480,000 volumes, many not available in public libraries;
  • Personalized reference and reader services assistance;
  • Access to an extensive collection of nearly 500 periodicals, including newspapers, magazines, and journals;
  • Quick and friendly assistance with ILL (Interlibrary Loan) Requests;
  • Book mailing service;
  • Generous lending times and short waiting periods for popular books

Building and Events Access

  • Access to twelve levels of beautiful space for reading, reflection, and open-stack browsing, including the iconic, silent fifth floor reading room;
  • Invitations and discounted ticketing to book talks, lectures, gallery openings, and other events;
  • Ability to join 16 different members-only book discussion groups;
  • Members-only tours and curator-led orientations;
  • Free and unlimited access to exhibitions;
  • Privilege of inviting guests to join you for Athenæum events or a private tour of the building

Online and Electronic Benefits

  • Web access, anytime and anywhere, to LexisNexis (news and business), JSTOR, Project Muse, Art Full Text, and much more

Children's Library Benefits

  • Access to the Chris Library Preschool Room and C.A. Coolidge Young Reader's Room;
  • Ability to check out books from the Children’s Library’s circulating collection;
  • Access to a wide range of recurring free events for ages 0-18, including programs for babies, story times (three each week), Spanish Story Time, LEGO® Club, and teen writing and DIY workshops;
  • Ability to join any of 3 book discussion groups serving ages 6-18 and Comics Club;
  • Free or reduced admission to monthly family events, including author/illustrator talks, art workshops, and performances;
  • Participation in annual Summer Reading program;
  • Personalized recommendations and curated book lists;
  • Weekly updates about children’s programs via e-newsletter;
  • Option to add a caregiver/nanny to your Family membership account in order to accompany children to the Children's Library

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