Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Library Affiliate Program?

The Library Affiliate Program recognizes public and university academic libraries as centers for American history learning for students and teachers and offers a range of free resources, program grants, and opportunities for professional development.

Why should my library join the Library Affiliate Program?

The Library Affiliate Program is a gateway to these exclusive resources for public and university academic libraries:

  • Notifications about grant-funded public programs. 
  • Access and special offers on our traveling exhibitions.
  • Web portal featuring robust resources for librarians and students.


What is expected of a Library Affiliate?

Each library is asked to make primary and secondary American history materials from the Gilder Lehrman Institute available to students and teachers. Each library is required to complete an annual survey to help us track the effectiveness of the program and the resources offered.


Can districts or consortiums join the Library Affiliate Program?

Each library branch must register individually. However, we encourage library districts or consortiums to make information about the program available to their libraries. We ask each library branch to select one person to serve as Library Affiliate Coordinator.

Can school libraries join the Library Affiliate Program?

At this time the Library Affiliate Program is only open to public libraries and university academic libraries. If you are a librarian at an elementary, middle, or high school, your school may already be part of our Affiliate School Program, which provides similar benefits. Check here to see if your school is an Affiliate School, or register for the Affiliate School Program here.


How do I register? How long will it take to process my registration form?

To register, please use the Library Affiliate application form. Library registrations are reviewed on a rolling basis. Within 10 days, you will receive an email acknowledging that your registration is complete. If you have any questions or experience any problems, you can contact