Become a Member. Become a Friend.

When you become a member, you contribute to Chestnut Hill's most vibrant and essential community center. The Chestnut Hill Library is an asset to patrons across Philadelphia and serves neighboring communities through after-school services, school partnerships, and unique programs. We are a community of book lovers and literacy advocates, all dedicated to supporting the public library.


In 2021, The Friends of the Chestnut Hill Library opened Hilltop Books! An extension of the branch as a community hub, Hilltop is a volunteer-run used bookstore where volunteers and supporters mingle and share their love of books, reading, and lifelong learning.


Our new annual membership program is designed to reward book lovers. Your membership helps ensure that we are able to sustain our programs and support accessible, community-based library services. In the last year, Friends donations have supported virtual author visits for public school children and kept students’ love of reading alive even while branch doors were closed. Additionally, donations from the Friends of the Chestnut Hill Library regularly supplement the collections’ budget to keep relevant, new books on our library shelves. 


Annual membership runs December 1, 2021 through November 30, 2022. In an effort to conserve resources, you will not receive a membership card in the mail. You will receive membership confirmation via email and your membership is considered valid once you complete the transaction.


Friends Membership Levels 

  • Bibliomaniac.   $500+
  • Bibliophile.  $250-499
  • Avid Reader.  $100-249
  • Bookworm.  $10-100 (suggested $30 donation or what you can spare from your book budget!)

Learn More About Membership Benefits:


Bookworm (Starter Level - $10 and up to $100)

  • One free book OR game/puzzle from Hilltop Books
  • Admission to members-only sale previews (starting in 2022) and special events 
  • Monthly E-newsletter


Avid Reader (Individual Level - $100 annual) 

  • One free book OR game/puzzle from Hilltop Books
  • Admission to members-only sale previews (starting in 2022) and special events
  • 10% discount on all purchases at the Book Corner (311 N. 20th St.)
  • Monthly E-newsletter


Bibliophile (4 Person Household Level - $250 annual) *

  • Five free books and/or puzzles from Hilltop Books for members of the same Bibliophile account (4 free books/membership account)
  • Admission to members-only sale previews (starting in 2022) and special events
  • 15% discount on space rental for a private event
  • 10% discount on all purchases at the Book Corner (311 N. 20th St.)
  • Insertion of a Friends of Chestnut Hill Library bookplate in a library book
  • Monthly E-newsletter


Bibliomaniac (6 Person Super Donor Level - $500+ annual) *

  • Eight free books from Hilltop Books for members of the same Bibliomaniac account (8 free books/membership account)
  • Free book with every purchase at Hilltop Books (up to $10 value)
  • 20% discount on space rental for a private event 
  • Up to three free games/puzzles from Hilltop Books
  • Admission to members-only sale previews (starting in 2022) and special events
  • 10% discount on all purchases at the Book Corner (311 N. 20th St.)
  • Insertion of a Friends of Chestnut Hill Library bookplate in a library book
  • Monthly E-newsletter
  • Individuals do not need to be related.
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No goods or services were received in exchange for this contribution. Friends of the Chestnut Hill Library is a 501c3 organization. Our EIN # is 23-2252185. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.