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Gift Membership

Thank you for considering a gift membership in the Mechanics’ Institute!

Membership is open to all. Each category of membership offers the full services of the Library and Chess Room, and attendance at special events, lectures, programs, and classes.

Please email or call the Membership Office at [email protected] or415-393-0105 with any questions, or to discuss special arrangements. Membership packets can be sent either to the gift recipient or to you.

Please be in touch with Membership Office if you are considering giving a gift membership to a full-time undergraduate or graduate student. We require verification of student status.

Benefits of Membership

All members receive:

  • Full use of the Library and its services, including online databases, ebooks, and more!
  • Free or reduced admission to cultural events, programs, classes, and book groups.
  • Access to the Chess Room and its tournaments and classes.
  • WiFi access throughout the Library, Chess Room, and 4th floor meeting room.
  • Membership privileges at other membership libraries.


Standard Memberships


$65 per year

For students through high school and part/full-time students enrolled in a college or university. Student members must be 35-years-old or younger. College students must provide proof of current enrollment by either Student ID, or documentation of a current class schedule/transcripts.


$120 per year

For one adult.


$180 per year

For family (up to two adults and their children under the age of 22) living at the same address.

Supporting Memberships

For Individual or Family/Household. The amount beyond the standard membership fee listed above is tax-deductible.


$300 per year

Additional benefits include:

  • 2 drink tickets to use at any program event
  • 4 complimentary guest passes to use at any program event (guest must register to have member register on their behalf)


$600 per year

Additional benefits include:

  • 4 drink tickets to use at any program event
  • 8 complimentary guest passes to use at any program event (guest must register to have member register on their behalf)


$1000 per year

Give the Gift of Membership

Gift Recipient's Information
If the recipient is under the age of 18, please fill out parent/guardian information.
Please enter the name and date of birth for each child under the age of 22. Please separate each with a comma (e.g., "Charlotte Bronte 04/21/1816, Emily Bronte 07/30/1818").
Purchaser's Information
Donation (Optional)
Donations must be at least $10 to cover processing costs.