Benefactor Membership

Bringing you closer to our collection 

Enjoy a year of unique and memorable experiences by becoming a British Library Benefactor Member. Our collection contains 170 million items across the whole of written civilisation including sacred texts, original manuscripts and first editions.  

Not only will you enjoy priority booking, plus half-price tickets, for our lively programme of events at the Library and online, you’ll access deeper insights from our collection with additional benefits enjoyed by Benefactor Members. 

As a Benefactor Member, you support the British Library with an additional donation on top of your membership. Your support helps us to inspire over one million visitors every year through free displays in the Treasures Gallery, ground-breaking exhibitions, and access to our iconic collection.  

Benefactor Membership Benefits 

As a Benefactor Member, you will receive:  

  • A British Library Membership and all the associated benefits 
  • Invitation to the Library's exclusive Annual Supporters' Party 
  • Biannual Supporters' Newsletter to keep you up to date with news from the Library and the difference your donation makes

You can become a Benefactor Member from £500 a year. This includes a benefits payment of £115, and a suggested donation of £385.  

Join us as a Benefactor Member 

 If you have any questions about your support or would like to discuss becoming a Benefactor Member, please email Lucy Richardson at  

As the Benefactor Membership includes a range of benefits, the £115 benefits payment of your gift cannot be treated as a charitable donation. It is, therefore, not eligible for Gift Aid and cannot be paid via CAF or a charitable foundation. These benefits can be purchased separately, please contact us for further information. The remainder of your gift is treated as a voluntary donation, which can be paid via CAF or a charitable foundation.