Patrons are the Library's valued donors who support development, conservation and digitisation of the Library's collections, or specific programs such as fellowships, scholarships and public programs through The National Library of Australia Fund.
You can become a National Library Patron by donating $1,000 or more. You can also become a Patron by giving regularly over time. All Patrons are acknowledged in the Library's Annual Report and on the Library website.
In 2013-14, National Library of Australia Fund donors are acknowledged at the following gift levels: Donor ($999 and below), Patron ($1,000 and above), Bronze Patron ($10,000 and above), Silver Patron ($25,000 and above), Gold Patron ($100,000 and above), Platinum Patron ($250,000 and above) and Principal Patron ($1million and above).
All Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Principal Patrons are recognised on an Honour Board in the National Library.
With the recent support of our Patrons, the Library has conserved and digitised items from our Maps and Picture and Manuscripts collections. We have digitised many more regional newspapers from around Australia and in 2013 we digitised an additional forty years of The Canberra Times. Their support has also enabled the Library to build our education, fellowships and events programs, and bring our impressive collections alive through the Treasures Gallery.
Patrons at all levels are recognised for their contribution through the Library's Patron program. The program invites Patrons to a range of activities and events throughout the year, as well as providing special offers and privileges. Patron events may include curator talks, special collection viewings and an annual celebration held in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne.
What some of our Patrons have to say:
"As a Petherick Reader, I wanted to contribute something to the Library and to support its efforts to conserve and disseminate its valuable materials and to show that ordinary people have a part to play in caring for the nation's intellectual resources." Dr Diana Carroll, a former Library member of staff and Petherick Room Reader
"The National Library has done so much for me over the years. I felt that becoming a Patron was a way for me to repay in a very small way, the many benefits I have received over the years." Andrew Freeman, Petherick Room Reader
The support we receive from individuals and organisations helps the Library to ensure that its collections are comprehensive and accessible. This benefits the whole community. Whether its is directed towards the Treasures Gallery, the digitisation of Australian newspapers or the conservation of collection items, this generous support is invaluable and we appreciate it very much.