Become a Member | Mechanics' Institute

Become a Member

Thank you for considering membership in the Mechanics' Institute!

Membership is open to all.

Prospective and new members are welcome to attend our weekly tour of the Library and Chess Room each Wednesday at noon. If you'd like to try out the Library before joining, daily and weekly passes are available — just come up to the 2nd or 3rd floors of the Library, or the Membership Office (Suite 504), or contact us at 415-393-0105 or [email protected].

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.
  • All membership payments are taxdeductible.

Membership Level

Standard Memberships


$65 per year

Student members must be 35 years or younger and enrolled full-time at an accredited educational institution. College students must be taking at least 12 undergraduate or 9 graduate units. College students must provide proof of current full-time enrollment by providing documentation of a current class schedule and identification (drivers’ license, government ID card, or passport).

Student members may check out up to 5 items at a time and do not have access to inter-library loan services.


$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.


$300 per year


$600 per year


$1000 per year


Please contact [email protected]
or call 415-393-0105 for more information.

We accept Mastercard and Visa.

Parent/Guardian Information
If you are under the age of 18, please fill out this section.
Family Information
For family (up to two adults and their children under the age of 22) living at the same address.

Enter the full name of each child, separated by a comma (e.g. Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë)


Include apartment/unit number, if applicable.

Contact Information
Other Information

College students age 18-35 must provide proof of current full-time enrollment at an accredited institution of higher learning by documentation of a current class schedule.

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Donations must be at least $10 to cover processing costs.

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