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Membership

Support storytelling in all its forms. Become an annual member of The Center for Fiction and enjoy discounts on bookstore purchases, event tickets, reading groups, writing workshops, and more! Members can also reserve library books for onsite retrieval and return on our first floor.

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General Membership Benefits

Starting at $100/year, general membership includes:

  • Year-Round Discounts
    Receive 10% off bookstore purchases, event tickets, writing workshops, and reading groups throughout the year.
  • Library Borrowing Privileges
    Use of our pick-up/drop-off service for borrowing privileges from our circulating collection of over 70,000 titles!
  • Exclusive Member Previews
    Browse and enroll in new reading groups and writing workshops before we share them with the public. Get the first chance to sign up before classes sell out!
  • Members-Only Book Club
    Free monthly afternoon reading group led by our Head Librarian Allison Escoto.
  • Sister Libraries
    Active members can visit institutions in the Membership Libraries Group up to five times a year! See participating libraries.
  • Space Rental Discounts
    We’re open for limited, safe space rentals, including on our terrace, with discounted member rates.

Membership is a tax-deductible donation to The Center for Fiction with benefits that are subject to change.

Gift Memberships

Give the gift of membership to The Center for Fiction—it’s the perfect present for your literary loved ones! 

When you buy a gift membership, a certificate will be emailed to you within 24 hours, so that you can print it out or send it to the recipient. It will include information on how to obtain a membership card in person.

Please be assured that we will not contact the gift recipient unless you specifically request that we do so. We ask that you provide the recipient’s full name, email address, and mailing address in the Additional Notes field at checkout. If you have any questions, please email info@centerforfiction.org.

Reciprocal Privileges

The Center for Fiction is proud to be one of the thriving membership libraries in the country that make up the Membership Libraries Group. Active members of The Center for Fiction have privileges at the sister institutions listed here.

Founders Society

The Center for Fiction’s Founders Society provides an opportunity to engage individual donors for their generous support and draw them closer to the Center’s work & mission. 

  • Edgar Allan Poe

    Founders Society Membership for
    Donors Contributing $1,000+

    Membership at the Edgar Allan Poe level includes:

    • Borrowing privileges from our circulating collection of 70,000 classic and contemporary fiction titles
    • Use of our beautiful, members-only floor, which includes:
      • A spacious, peaceful members lounge for reading and quiet conversation
      • Elegant outdoor terrace
      • Private bar featuring craft beers, wines, and a changing menu of specialty cocktails
    • A 15% discount on admission to special events, workshops, reading groups, and books and gifts in our bookstore
    • Unlimited guests. Must be accompanied by a member during their visit.
    • A Center for Fiction tote bag
    • Preferential seating to select Center literary performances
    • Gift of one specially selected book mailed to you 6 times a year
    • Invitations to private receptions before select author events
    • Recognition at the Edgar Allan Poe Level on the Donor Wall
  • Zora Neale Hurston

    Founders Society Membership for
    Donors Contributing $2,500+

    Membership at the Zora Neale Hurston level includes:

    • Borrowing privileges from our circulating collection of 70,000 classic and contemporary fiction titles
    • Use of our beautiful, members-only floor, which includes:
      • A spacious, peaceful members lounge for reading and quiet conversation
      • Elegant outdoor terrace
      • Private bar featuring craft beers, wines, and a changing menu of specialty cocktails
    • A 15% discount on admission to special events, workshops, reading groups, and books and gifts in our bookstore
    •  Unlimited guests. Must be accompanied by a member during their visit.
    • A Center for Fiction tote bag
    • Preferential seating to select Center literary performances
    • Gift of one specially selected book mailed to you 6 times a year
    • Invitations to private receptions before select author events
    • Invitations to private author dinner parties
    • Signed set of books by each year’s First Novel Prize finalists
    • Recognition at the Zora Neale Hurston Level on the Donor Wall
  • Virginia Woolf

    Founders Society Membership for
    Donors Contributing $5,000+

    Membership at the Virginia Woolf level includes:

    • Borrowing privileges from our circulating collection of 70,000 classic and contemporary fiction titles
    • Use of our beautiful, members-only floor, which includes:
      • A spacious, peaceful members lounge for reading and quiet conversation
      • Elegant outdoor terrace
      • Private bar featuring craft beers, wines, and a changing menu of specialty cocktails
    • A 15% discount on admission to special events, workshops, reading groups, and books and gifts in our bookstore
    •  Unlimited guests. Must be accompanied by a member during their visit.
    • A Center for Fiction tote bag
    • Preferential seating to select Center literary performances
    • Gift of one specially selected book mailed to you 6 times a year
    • Invitations to private receptions before select author events
    • Invitations to private author dinner parties
    • Signed set of books by each year’s First Novel Prize finalists
    • A complimentary Novel Approach consultation with a personalized year-long reading list
    • Recognition at the Virgina Woolf Level on the Donor Wall