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General Membership

Support storytelling in all its forms. Become an annual member of The Center for Fiction and enjoy discounts on Bookstore and Café & Bar purchases, event tickets, reading groups, writing workshops, and more! Members also have access to our second-floor member spaces, including our Lounge, Reading Room, and Terrace, as well as borrowing privileges from our Library collection.

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General Membership Benefits

Please note that all General Memberships last for one year. The annual fee can be paid in 12 monthly installments, but this is not a monthly membership and payments will end after one year if not renewed. Membership is a tax-deductible donation to The Center for Fiction with benefits that are subject to change.

  • Access to Member Spaces
    Visit our second-floor spaces, including our tech-free Reading Room, tech-friendly Lounge, and outdoor Terrace with up to three guests per month.
  • Library Borrowing Privileges
    Browse and borrow from our circulating collection of over 70,000 titles!
  • Year-Round Discounts
    Receive 10% off Bookstore and Café & Bar purchases, event tickets, writing workshops, and reading groups throughout the year.
  • Exclusive Member Previews
    Browse and register for new reading groups, writing workshops, and special events before we share them with the public. Get the first chance to sign up before spots sell out!
  • Members-Only Book Club
    Free monthly afternoon reading group led by our Head Librarian Allison Escoto.
  • Sister Libraries
    Members can visit institutions in the Membership Libraries Group up to five times a year! See participating libraries.
  • Members-Only Invitations
    Invitations to members-only social events throughout the year.

Students and seniors may purchase annual Individual Memberships at a reduced price of $100. Please email [email protected] for details.

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, your order confirmation email includes a printable certificate that you can present to the recipient! It includes information on how to obtain a membership card.

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 our sister institutions.