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The Friends of the Rare Book Room

Support our mission of preserving and promoting the heritage of medicine and health by becoming a Friend of the Rare Book Room. Our Rare Book Room is home to some of our rarest and most significant holdings, forming the heart of our collections.

As a Friend of the Rare Book Room, you’ll join an engaged and intimate group, passionate about preserving our collections.

More than 550,000 books, manuscripts, archives, and illustrations form our extraordinary collections. We make our treasures freely available to scholars, researchers, and the general public alike.  With their vast reach across medicine, public health, food and cookery, botany, anthropology and myriad other subjects, our collections trace the development of medicine from its Greek roots through today. This legacy offers invaluable and fascinating insights into historical attempts to understand health and illness, as well as illuminating today’s critical issues. 

By becoming a Friend of the Rare Book Room you’ll support our public programs and outreach activities; the acquisition, conservation, and cataloguing of remarkable historical materials; and digitization of our key treasures.

Membership Benefits

$75 - Friend / $50 - Student Friend

• Discounted prices for public events

• Invitations to Friends events and programs (discounted for student Friends)

• Reception following the annual Friends lecture

• Acknowledgment in our website and annual report 

$200 - Contributor

All Friends benefits, plus

• A tote bag featuring an image from the collections 

$650 - Supporter

All Contributor benefits, plus
• An exclusive set of note cards featuring breathtaking images from our collections 

$1,200 - Malloch Circle Member

All Supporter benefits, plus

• Invitation to exclusive events, including meet the speaker opportunities, private tours of collections and notable exhibitions  

$2,500 - Malloch Circle Patron

All Malloch Circle Member benefits, plus

• Free entry (with a guest) to all Friends programs and festivals
• A private lunch with our curator and historical reference librarian 

$5,000 - Vesalius Circle Partner

All Malloch Circle Patron benefits, plus

• Adopt a rare book needing conservation; acknowledgement in a bookplate

• A private tour, with up to six guests, of the rare book room focused on your individual interests  

$10,000 - Vesalius Circle Benefactor

All Vesalius Circle Partner benefits, plus

• Host a cocktail reception for up to fifteen guests at NYAM with special support from our events team 

For more details about Friends programs throughout the year contact Arlene Shaner at

Our Friends ensure the vitality of our library and our collections. 

Join us today!

Giving Socities

The John Stearns Legacy Society honors individuals who remember NYAM in their will and estate plans or have given a minimum of $25,000 to an endowment fund.

Learn more about The John Stearns Legacy Society here »

The Friends of the Rare Book Room are supporters who are passionate about preserving our collections and supporting our public programming in the history of medicine and public health.

Learn more about the Friends of the Rare Boom Room here »

Ways to Give

Your donation provides essential support for NYAM’s efforts to advance the health of people in cities

Please click here to make your tax-deductible donation online through our simple, secure form.

By Mail
If you prefer to donate by mail, please make checks payable to The New York Academy of Medicine and mail to:
The New York Academy of Medicine
Office of Development
1216 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029

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