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.

Benefits for Members

Associate $100

• Semi-annual Members’ Newsletter featuring forthcoming events, recent publications, Trust acquisitions for the Library, and other news about Trust and Library Activities
• Free admission to lectures and receptions in the USA
• A 10% discount on all British Library publications and books bought at the BL Bookshop or online (
• Access to a private members’ room when visiting the Library
• Acknowledgment in ATBL’s Newsletter

Library Fellow $250

All the benefits of the Associate level plus
• Invitations to the Trust’s special rare-book viewings
• Invitations on exclusive tours to US libraries
• Two complimentary tickets to The British Library exhibitions (contact the BL’s Development Office prior to visit)


Patron $500

Treasure House

Treasure House

All the benefits of the Library Fellow level plus

• Complimentary copy of The British Library:  A Treasure House of Knowledge, a paperback guide
• Invitation to Chairman’s Council Trip in UK (with surcharge)

Benefactor $1,500

All the benefits of the Patron level plus

Book of BLs

• Complimentary copy of THE BOOK OF THE BRITISH LIBRARY, the hardcover catalog illustrating the The British Library’s collections
• Invitation to ATBL Annual Board Meeting and Luncheon in October in New York City
• Listing in The British Library’s Annual Report

President’s Circle $2,500

All the benefits of the Benefactor level plus
• Invitation to attend the annual Eccles Centre Bryant Lecture in London
• Invitation to private, post-lecture dinners in New York City

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 and private tour of current exhibitions, as well as a day-long visit out of town to stately homes and other collections
• Inclusion in curatorial briefings at The British Library and luncheon with the Chairman and CEO of The British Library
• Invitations to major British Library exhibition openings

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