Patrons and Benefactors of the Library
The National Library of Scotland's Patrons and Benefactors membership programme brings like-minded individuals together to experience and enjoy the Library's rich collections.
Drawn from many different countries, they all share a lively interest in Scotland's cultural heritage. Above all they share the Library's conviction that its collections should be opened up to all — and provide the support needed to make this happen. We offer two tiers of membership, each with associated benefits:
Patron membership and benefits
Single Patron — £250 annual gift.
Joint Patron — £400 annual gift.
- An invitation to the Library's Annual Celebration, usually in the autumn
- An invitation to private previews and launches of the Library's major exhibitions
- A programme of special events exclusively for members (in Glasgow's Kelvin Hall and George IV Bridge in Edinburgh), including curator talks and small-group views of significant items from the Library's collections, and conservation workshop tours
- Priority booking for around 120 public events a year. Patrons and Benefactors receive advanced booking of public events a week before the general public. We recommend members take this opportunity, as demand often exceeds availability once the public start to book
- A copy of our award-winning 'Discover' magazine
- A copy of an annual update detailing the kinds of projects supported by the Patrons and Benefactors programme
- An acknowledgement of your donation on the Library's website.
Benefactor membership and benefits
Single Benefactor — £750 annual gift.
Joint Benefactor — £1,000 annual gift.
In addition to those benefits outlined above for Patrons, Benefactors will have:
- The opportunity for you and a party of up to six guests to have a private, behind-the-scenes tour and view of the collections in George IV Bridge, with members of our expert curatorial team (by prior appointment)
- The opportunity for you and a party of up to four guests to watch Moving Image Archive footage of your choice in the mini and high-specification cinema room at Kelvin Hall (by prior appointment)
- Invitations to additional special events or receptions.
Please note that Gift Aid can be claimed on a proportion of each donation:
- Single Patron: £200
- Joint Patron: £300
- Single Benefactor: £665
- Joint Benefactor: £830.
If you would like to join the Library community as a Patron or Benefactor, please contact us.
American Patrons of the National Library and Galleries of Scotland
The American Patrons of the National Library and Galleries of Scotland (APNLGS) celebrates and strengthens the close cultural ties between Scotland and North America.
By becoming a patron you will be supporting the wide variety of exhibitions and displays, acquisitions, education programs and research undertaken at the National Library and the National Galleries.
Contact us to join or to find out more.
You might wish to consider longer-term benefit to us through remembering the Library in your will.
Before you take any action, please contact us to discuss your wishes. You might consider completing the legacy pledge form we can give you, which can help us in our forward planning.
If you decide to leave a financial bequest to the Library, we advise that you consult your lawyer about writing or re-drafting your will.
We are grateful to everyone who supports the National Library of Scotland, and would like to offer particular thanks to the following donors, who have given significant financial support to one or more of the Library's projects in the last year:
- Bòrd na Gàidhlig
- Robert Barr Charitable Trust
- The Foyle Foundation
- Binks Trust
- Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
- Elizabeth Soutar Charitable Trust
- The Hugh Fraser Foundation
- The P F Charitable Trust
- The Michael Marks Charitable Trust
- The Mickel Fund
- Dr Jeffrey Jay
- Driver Family Foundation
- Patrick and Julie Calhoun Jnr
- Francis Finlay OBE
- James and Jane Fraser
- Martin Glynn
- Sir Fraser Morrison CBE and Lady Morrison
- Shane and Melanie Neal
- David Rumsey.
We are also grateful for the committed support of the following Patrons and Benefactors:
- Professor Michael Anderson OBE FBA FRSE Hon FFA and Elspeth MacArthur OBE
- Dr John Cruikshank and Dr Susan Shatto
- Dr John MacAskill
- Charles and Ruth Plowden
- The Springford Trust
- Max and Lady Sarah Ward
- Sarah Whitley and Graham Whyte.
- Iain and Fiona Allan
- Diana Balfour
- The John Buchan Museum
- Professor Graham Caie
- Professor Sir Kenneth Calman KCB FRSE
- The Rt Hon The Lord Cameron PC QC FRSE and Lady Cameron of Lochbroom
- Dr Roger Collins and Dr Judith McClure
- Sir Sandy Crombie and Lady Crombie
- Helen Durndell
- Professor Sir David Edward KCMG QC FRSE and Lady Edward
- Sir Gerald Elliot FRSE and Lady Elliot
- Christopher Wilkins and Margaret Elliot
- Lord James Gordon CBE and Lady Gordon of Strathblane
- Dr Robert Gould and Dr Sheila Gould
- Dr Michael Gray
- Donald Hardie OBE DL
- Shields and Carol Henderson
- Edward Hocknell
- Dermot and Miranda Jenkinson
- Sally Kuenssberg
- Professor Alexander McCall Smith CBE and Dr Elizabeth McCall Smith
- Dr Warren McDougall
- Dr Karina McIntosh
- Harry and Nicola Morgan
- Alan Myles
- Dr Henry Noltie
- Professor David Purdie
- Donald and Brenda Rennie
- Dr James Robertson
- Sir Muir Russell KCB FRSE and Lady Russell
- Dr Brian and Pamela Taylor
- Alistair and Eva Todd
- Boyd and Anne Tunnock
- The Walton Foundation
- The Rt Hon Mr W James Wolffe QC and Lady Sarah P L Wolffe QC
- The Alma and Leslie Wolfson Charitable Trust.
And all those who prefer to give anonymously.
Thank you for your support.