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Annual Fund

Membership fees and Proprietor assessments cover approximately 20% of the Athenæum’s operational expenses. Annual Fund donations support and strengthen the Athenӕum’s core operations—everyday efforts to collect, preserve, and maintain its landmark building and historical collections. Unrestricted gifts support, among other things, these key operational areas:

Collections and Conservation

The institution acquires and maintains world-renowned collections of maps, manuscripts, rare books, art, sculpture, and archival materials. Through these collections, the Athenæum serves and inspires a global community of scholars.

Reference and Reader Services

The Library’s dedicated team provides attentive and timely assistance with a wide variety of services, including interlibrary loan requests, navigation of the Athenæum’s vast circulating collection and electronic resources, and personalized research assistance.

Education and Events

Through exhibitions, curator-led gallery talks, symposia, discussion groups, research opportunities, book talks, and other educational programs, the Athenæum’s collections engage the intellectual curiosity of members and the public.

Maintenance and Infrastructure

The Athenæum’s landmark building provides twelve floors of beautiful space for reading, reflection, and open-stack browsing, in an environment that is maintained for the comfort of members and the stewardship of the collections. It is the greatest treasure in our collection, and the Athenæum spends more on its care and maintenance than on any other area of our operations.


Thank you to our members and friends who have given to this year’s Annual Fund. We are pleased to report that to date we have raised just over $1,000,000 from 875 donors. Through the generosity of annual supporters like you, we hope to reach the Athenӕum’s Annual Fund goal of $1.5 million by September 30th.

Your gifts are meaningful and are appreciated.  If you haven’t had the chance to make your donation this year, please consider sending a gift today. Thank you!