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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 to nonexistent 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 join the Young Reader's Book Group for readers aged 9-13;
  • Invitations to Children's Library events, including weekly story times (three each week); puppet shows; My Athenaeum Day; monthly Lego® club, Block and Books

And More...