Membership fees and Proprietor assessments cover only about 20% of the Athenæum’s operational expenses. Your Annual Fund donation supports and strengthens our essential operations—everyday efforts to collect, preserve, and maintain the landmark building and historical collections. Unrestricted gifts support, among other things, these key areas:
We acquire and maintain world-renowned collections of maps, manuscripts, rare books, art, sculpture, and archival materials. Through these collections, we serve and inspire a global community of scholars.
Our 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 advice.
Through exhibitions, curator-led gallery talks, symposia, discussion groups, research opportunities, book talks, and other educational programs, we present the Athenæum’s collections to engage the intellectual curiosity of members and the public.
Our 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 under our care, and costly to maintain.