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Brooklyn Public Library is pleased to announce the Fund for the Center for Brooklyn History (CBH) – a dedicated way for friends like you to support CBH's public programs, exhibitions, and the most comprehensive collection of materials related to Brooklyn’s rich history in the world.

Whether through membership or a one-time gift, your support helps connect the past to the present and makes Brooklyn's vibrant history tangible, relevant, and meaningful for today's diverse communities—and generations to come. Thank you for your generosity!

 


Membership Levels

  • Invitations to exhibition openings and special events at CBH
  • Early registration access for select public programs and lectures at CBH
  • Subscription to BPL’s seasonal magazine, Off the Shelf
  • 10% discount at BPL’s online shop
  • Reciprocal member benefits with 170-plus CBH partner museums and historical societies nationwide through the Time-Travelers program
  • Reciprocal membership with the Green-Wood Cemetery

*Fully tax-deductible

  • Invitations to exhibition openings and special events at CBH
  • Early registration access for select public programs and lectures at CBH
  • Subscription to BPL’s seasonal magazine, Off the Shelf
  • 10% discount at BPL’s online shop
  • Reciprocal member benefits with 170-plus CBH partner museums and historical societies nationwide through the Time-Travelers program
  • Reciprocal membership with the Green-Wood Cemetery

*Fully tax-deductible

All of the above, and ...

  • Invitations for TWO to exhibition openings special events at CBH

*Fully tax-deductible

All of the above, and ...

  • Complimentary member gift from BPL or CBH shop
  • Opportunity to have a personalized Bookplate placed on a circulating Library book (contact [email protected] for more information)

All of the above, and ...

  • TWO guest passes for exclusive member tours of BPL’s Central Library and the Center for Brooklyn History
  • Gift of one Family / Partner membership to recipient of your choice
  • Recognition of your support in annual report

The Whitman Circle is a community of champions who believe that all Brooklynites deserve the chance to discover their potential and our borough’s history at our libraries.

When you join the Whitman Circle, you make a statement about the Library’s enduring importance in our community and provide vital funding for the Center for Brooklyn History (CBH), youth programs, outreach initiatives, services for older adults—and of course, books.

  • Invitation for two to an evening of cocktails and conversation with a celebrated author in a beautiful Brooklyn home, and a newly released signed book
  • Opportunity to reserve VIP seats at sought-after Library and CBH lectures, readings and performances
  • Private, one-on-one session with CBH archivist to explore your personal Brooklyn research interests
  • Invitation for two to annual behind-the-scenes tour of CBH historical collections and the Library’s Book-Ops headquarters
  • Opportunity to dedicate your favorite book in BPL’s collection with a personalized bookplate
  • Invitation to Galas
  • Recognition of your support in annual report

Other ways to give

Along with making a one-time donation to the Fund for the Center for Brooklyn History, there are more to support CBH through Brooklyn Public Library, including foundation support, sponsorship opportunities and legacy giving.

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Now's the time! Donate today and your tax-deductible gift will be matched–dollar-for-dollar, up to $125,000–by a generous group of Library Champions in honor of BPL's 125th Anniversary.
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