Today members pay an annual $55 dollars, and the National Genealogical Society Book Loan Collection comprises over 20,000 books, located at the St. Louis County Library at 1640 S. Lindbergh Boulevard, St. Louis, MO. 63131. Most of these books are available to members and non-members alike. You can check out this collection at online at: Library Book Loan Collection. This collection is available for interlibrary loan.
The benefits of membership include access to "member only" sections of the NGS web site and NGS databases, subscription to its magazine, participation on its online forums, and discounts toward bookstore and research services.
The NGS also provides an opportunity to take genealogical courses at home, or online courses from its Learning Center. The home study courses covers such topics as evidence analysis, source citation, research strategies, and instructions on researching various sources of information. Courses can be graded by a NGS staff member with a written feedback or one can choose to correct oneself without grading. Prices and details on NGS courses can be found at The Learning Center.
The NGS web site also provides a page of links to Libraries & Archives, Societies & Organizations, Ethnic Resources, Immigration sites and other Miscellaneous and general sites at Genealogy Links.
If you are interested in standards and guidelines in genealogical research, the NGS has six publication on PDF for download at Genealogical Standards & Guidelines.
You can contact the National Genealogical Society at 3108 Columbus Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, Virginia 22204-4304. The toll-free phone number is (800) 473-0060, and many of its departments have separate e-mail addresses, which can be found on the Contact NGS page.
The Society is a good jumping off point for the serious researcher whom wants to expand his or her understanding of the techniques and standards of genealogical research. The organization provides a nucleus in which the novice to professional can expand their proficiency in finding family history.