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In 1891, philanthropist George S. Pepper made a transformational bequest to establish the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation. Today, inspired by its namesake's generosity, the Society brings together passionate individuals who share in his vision of a rich and vibrant library accessible to all.

To join the Pepper Society community, you can make a donation online or send a check payable to:
Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation
1901 Vine Street, Suite 111
Philadelphia, PA 19103.

For more information, please email pepper@freelibrary.org or call 215-567-7710 ext. 511.

President's Circle: $1,500 to $2,499 | Support

  • Advance tickets to Author Events Series
  • Reserved seating at ticketed Author Events
  • Pepper Lounge access at select Author Events
  • Invitations to Pepper Season Opener reception and lecture, exclusive tours of our world-renowned special collections, special Culinary Literacy Center classes, and other annual events
  • Recognition in fall Off the Shelf magazine and in Author Events printed programs


Beatrix Potter Circle: $2,500 to $4,999 | Support
All of the above privileges, plus:

  • Premier access (before President's Circle advance access) to Author Events signature season additions (past authors include Bruce Springsteen and Bernie Sanders)
  • Invitations to Pickwick event and exclusive chamber concerts in the Rare Book Department
  • "Peppers on the Road" travel opportunities
  • Recognition on Parkway Central Library lobby signage
  • Copy of the annual One Book, One Philadelphia selection to be placed in your honor at a local school


Poe Circle: $5,000 to $9,999 | Support
All of the above privileges, plus:

  • Two Author Events Series single-season passes
  • Invitation to private dinner honoring a renowned author


Dickens Circle: $10,000 to $24,999 | Support
All of the above privileges, plus:

  • Two Author Events Series full-year passes


Elkins Circle: $25,000 and above | Support
All of the above privileges, plus:

  • Invitation to exclusive Elkins Circle luncheon with the Free Library's President and Director, Siobhan Reardon


The Impact of Your Gift

After moving to Philadelphia, Sean began visiting the Parkway Central Library’s Regional Foundation Center to research nonprofit careers. RFC staff assisted Sean’s research into local positions and potential employers, helping him determine if certain nonprofit organizations were a good fit for him. Sean’s research and the staff’s assistance paid off—Sean recently found a wonderful job.

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