The Boston Athenaeum, founded in 1807, is one of the oldest and most distinguished independent libraries in the United States. The building's first floor galleries are always free and open to the public. The Library's Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery features new exhibitions three to four times a year, and works of art from the Athenaeum's formidable permanent collection are on display on a rotating basis in the public areas. Membership at the Boston Athenaeum is open to all by application. In addition to library borrowing privileges, members enjoy access to beautiful research rooms with wireless internet access, and many events, including concerts, lectures, book groups, children's story hours and a delightful bi-weekly Athenaeum afternoon tea.