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A note to our loyal supporters:

Dear Friends,
You ought to have received the news by now:  we are asking supporters of the Library to become donors to the Library Fund. As such, the Friends of the Rare Book Room will be phased out. We have seen that the purpose of the Friends—to support the Library and its activities and programs—had become the same as the purpose of the Library Fund. Generous contributors in both arenas supported the same mission and work. By asking for contributions to the Library Fund, we can appeal to as wide an audience as possible.

With the shift in emphasis, what we now do will continue: look for a celebratory lecture and reception this spring, special events and tours, continued expert service for our patrons, and notes from me from time to time about what is happening in the Library. We appreciate all that you do for us, and we look forward to keeping that connection.

Sincerely,
The New York Academy of Medicine