The American Trust for the British Library is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to promote and support the work of one of the world’s greatest research libraries. The Trust was founded in 1979 and is supported through the generosity of its wide membership in the United States and the United Kingdom.


Associate $100

• Printed newsletter and e-news updates
• Free admission to lectures and receptions in the US
• Acknowledgement in ATBL’s Newsletter

Library Fellow $250

All the benefits of the Associate level, plus

• Exclusive tours of US libraries
• Two complimentary tickets for each British Library exhibition (via the BL Development Office  — contact ATBL in advance)
• Invitation to annual Eccles Centre Bryant Lecture at the British Library
• Free Associate level membership to give to a friend, family member or colleague


Patron $500

All the benefits of the Library Fellow level, plus

• Private rare book viewings
• Complimentary paperback, British Library Souvenir Guide, illustrating the highlights of the Library’s vast collections

Benefactor $1,500

All the benefits of the Patron level, plus

Book of BLs

• BL Patrons membership card including:
– Invitations to the opening night receptions of British Library exhibitions
– Private curator-led tours of exhibitions
– An exclusive patrons’ event calendar featuring private show and tell evenings and master classes with our expert curators
– 20% discount at the British Library Shop on site
– Access to the Members’ Room when visiting the British Library
• Invitation to the Chairman’s Council trip in the UK (with surcharge)
• Complimentary copy of The Book of the British Library, the hardcover catalog illustrating the the British Library’s collections
• Invitation to the annual meeting of the ATBL Board of Trustees
• Acknowledgement in the British Library’s Annual Report

President’s Circle $2,500

All the benefits of the Benefactor level, plus

• Invitations to private, post-lecture dinners in New York City
• Private group tours of British Library areas that are closed to the public including the stacks in the Library’s basement, Sound Studios, Conservation Centre and Digitization Suites

Chairman’s Council $5,000

All the benefits of the President’s Circle level, plus

• Invitation to ATBL’s annual trip to London including viewings of BL’s rare treasures, private tour of exhibitions, and visits to stately homes and other library collections
• Curatorial briefings at the British Library and luncheon with the Chairman and CEO
• Invitations to join expert BL curators around selected major exhibitions in the UK and the US
• Free Library Fellow level membership to give to a friend, family member or colleague

Hampton Court Palace Private Dining Hall

Hampton Court Palace private dining hall where Chairman’s Council Trip visitors were served.


How to Give

You can make a one-time gift to support a specific project, or you can become a member of the Trust with an annual subscription at the levels described above.

Donate Online Now

Or send your check along with the donation form (PDF format) to the Trust’s Executive Director.

Download the ATBL Membership form and mail it to:

Seana Anderson, Executive Director
The American Trust for the British Library
562 St. Marks Avenue, Brooklyn, NY  11216-3514 USA

If you would like a brochure, contact Seana Anderson at

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