The Caxton Club welcomes members of all races, ethnicities, religions, gender identities/expressions, sexual orientations, and socio-economic statuses. It is an organization of enthusiastic collectors, conservators, designers, binders, printers, librarians, archivists, editors, booksellers, publishers, and others interested in the book. Club members from these diverse backgrounds form a community of those interested in the study and promotion of the arts and technologies pertaining to the production, distribution, and reception of handwritten and printed books and related textual objects such as pamphlets, broadsides, and ephemera.
The Club meets for an evening program on the third Wednesday of the month and mid-day on the second Friday of the month from September through June. Currently, all programs are presented virtually and recorded for members to view at any time. When in-person, these events may include receptions and optional meals.
The Caxton Club offers Resident, Non-resident, and Junior categories of membership. Non-resident members are those living 50 miles or more from the city of Chicago. Those applying for membership in all categories must attend two virtual or in-person meetings in order to be considered for membership.