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Friends of the Chester Beatty Library

The Chester Beatty Library was established thanks to the generosity of a single individual, Sir Alfred Chester Beatty, who bequeathed his collection to the public for the enjoyment and inspiration of future generations. Others who share a love of this splendid collection and an appreciation of world cultures can follow in his footsteps by joining our Friends Membership Programme.
Each level of Friendship plays a valuable role in supporting our work.

Friend: €80.00 / Senior Friend (over 65s): €65.00

Join this exceptional group of individuals who share a passion for exploring world cultures. Our Friends are the core of our membership and their enthusiasm, commitment and engagement underpins the continued success of the Chester Beatty.
 
Benefits:
- Access to a programme of Friends’ events, daytrips and holidays
- Invitation to the Annual Lecture
- Chester Beatty designed Friends Membership Card
- Friends newsletter
- 10% discount in the CBL gift shop
- 10% discount in the Silk Road Café
- Annual Members’ Shopping Day- 20% discount in both the shop and café

Next Generation: €30 (Under 35s)

Inspiring the next generation of Friends
 
Benefits:
- Access to Friends’ events
- Invitation to the Annual Lecture
- Chester Beatty designed Friends Membership Card
- Friends newsletter10% discount in the CBL gift shop
- 10% discount in the Silk Road Café
- Annual Members’ Shopping Day- 20% discount in both the shop and café

Patrons: €500.00

Patrons play a pivotal role in safeguarding the Library’s remarkable collection for future audiences to enjoy. The Patrons directly support the Conservation Internship which provides a talented young person with the exciting opportunity to work our experienced Conservation team. This enables us to conserve many more works in the collection than would otherwise be possible. Patrons have behind the scenes access to the collection and the opportunity to see objects come alive in the conservation lab. 
 
Additional Benefits:
- Priority access to events, trips and holidays
- Invitations to exclusive behind the scenes events
- Invitations to exhibition openings  
- Updates from the Conservation Department

 Curators’ Circle: from €1,200.00 

The members of the Curators’ Circle directly influence the future development of the Library. Their generous gifts support our mission in many ways: by strengthening our ability to present new and exciting exhibitions to the public; by enabling us to programme innovative education initiatives; to conduct ground-breaking research of considerable international value and to conserve this extraordinary collection for future generations to study and enjoy.
 
Friendship at this level provides privileged access to the collection, allowing you to explore new ideas and reveal unexpected connections across ages and cultures, while supporting the Library's mission to deliver a world-class programme of exhibitions, educational activities and other events.
 
The suggested annual minimum donation is €1,200. Additional benefits include:
- Private behind-the-scenes curator-led tours
- Opportunities for private exhibition viewings and previews
- Invitations to exhibition openings, special Curators’ Circle Events and the Annual Lecture 
- Acknowledgement in our annual report