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In 1891, philanthropist George S. Pepper made a transformational gift to establish the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation. Today, inspired by its namesake’s generosity, the George S. Pepper Society brings together passionate individuals who share his vision of a rich and vibrant library accessible to all. This premier membership provides highest-level access to the Free Library’s programs and special collections throughout the city.

President’s Circle | $1,500 to $2,499 | Join or Renew

All but $180 is tax deductible
  • Advance ticketing to the Author Events series ±^
  • Reserved seating at ticketed Author Events *
  • Invitations to Pepper Society exclusive events, including:
    • Author Events Season Opener
    • Receptions at select Author Events
    • Free Library of Philadelphia exhibition previews
    • Pepper Forums featuring speakers, panels, and discussions
    • Neighborhood library tours
  • Peppers on the Road day trip ^
  • Concierge services for tours, tickets, and all other library services
  • Subscription to Off the Shelf magazine and Footnotes, the monthly Pepper Society e-newsletter
  • Recognition in Author Events programs and in the Free Library Annual Development Report and Honor Roll

Beatrix Potter Circle | $2,500 to $4,999 | Join or Renew

All but $260 is tax deductible All President’s Circle benefits, plus:
  • Advance ticketing to select Culinary Literacy Center classes ±^
  • Invitations for two to:
    • Exclusive concerts in the Rare Book Department
    • Pickwick Salon, a private dinner featuring a celebrated speaker
  • Private tour of the Special Collections at the Free Library and The Rosenbach upon request (one tour for up to four guests)
  • Placement of the annual One Book, One Philadelphia selection in your name at a local school
  • Recognition on donor signage in Parkway Central Library

Poe Circle | $5,000 to $9,999 | Join or Renew

All but $970 is tax deductible All Beatrix Potter Circle benefits, plus:
  • Two Author Events series full-year passes
  • Two complimentary tickets to Peppers on the Road ±
  • Private tour of the Free Library’s and The Rosenbach’s Special Collections upon request (one tour for up to ten guests)
  • Invitation for two to Rosenbach exhibition previews

Dickens Circle | $10,000 to $24,999 | Join or Renew

All but $1,070 is tax deductible All Poe Circle benefits, plus:
  • Private lunch with the Free Library’s President and Director, Siobhan A. Reardon, upon request
  • Invitation for two to an intimate dinner with a renowned author

Elkins Circle | $25,000 and above | Join or Renew

All but $1,070 is tax deductible All Dickens Circle benefits, plus:
  • Opportunity to introduce an author in the Library’s Author Events Series ±
  • Host a private dinner or reception for up to 30 guests in the Rare Book Department, upon request ±≠
  • Host a private librarian-led tour of neighborhood libraries for up to 15 guests, upon request

For more information, please contact The Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation at 215-567-7710 or

± Advance reservation required, subject to availability.
^ Cost of tickets not included.
* Subject to availability.
Catering and other rentals are the responsibility of the host.

Under IRS rules, donors may not receive benefits as a result of a gift made through a third-party funding source (i.e. donor advised funds, family foundations, United Way). Payments cannot be made toward the tax-deductible portion of a gift through a third-party when there is an associated non-deductible portion. If you wish to participate in a membership society and receive benefits, you may not make the payment through a third-party; the entire amount must be paid personally. If you choose to waive benefits, you may make payment through a third-party but must confirm in writing that no benefits will be received. For more information, please contact the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation at or 215-567-7710.

Author Events Tickets Spring 2020  

Author Events Passholder Reservation Form
Spring 2020  

Missed the 2019 Inaugural Pepper Forum?

Panelists David Cohen, Claire Lomax, and Larry Platt join moderator Robert C. Heim to discuss the importance of having courageous conversations in the civic space and how together, we can overcome partisan rancor, nourish democracy, and forge deeper community engagement.

Download 2019 Inaugural Pepper Forum Audio File