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Organizational Membership

CDLC Organizational Membership

The Capital District Library Council (CDLC) provides support, consultation, services and opportunities for engagement to libraries and cultural heritage organizations within the greater Capital District region of New York. Our service area encompasses Albany, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington counties.

Membership is open to libraries and library systems of all types: academic, public, school, corporate, hospital, government agencies, historical societies, museums, and archives.

Degree-granting institutions must be chartered by the New York State Board of Regents. Individual public and school libraries receive CDLC member benefits through their respective public or school library system. Public Library System and School Library System membership is regulated by New York State Education Law and Commissioner's Regulations.

Member Requirements and Responsibilities

Members are required to:

  • Have a collection of resources used to support their library patrons
  • Maintain and provide access to records describing the collection
  • Provide physical or electronic access to their collection (may include access by appointment)
  • Manage an annual budget appropriate to collection maintenance and development
  • Have a person designated by the institution to manage the collection

Members have the responsibility to:

  • Contribute resources that enhance the collaborative as a whole
  • Participate in interlibrary loan/resource sharing
  • Maintain updated staff contacts for for specific services
  • Provide access to the library catalog
  • Keep the collection's records current
  • Participate in CDLC governance and voting as specified in the Council bylaws


Member Benefits

CDLC members benefit from being part of a collaborative that connects them to local resources and raises awareness of their collections.

Members have access to a variety of services including:

  • A team of experienced and responsive librarians who provide support, training and consultation for cataloging, digitization, health/medical library management, research, and resource sharing
  • Continuing education opportunities that include live and virtual workshops and conferences
  • Opportunities for building connections and networking with colleagues via interest groups and committees
  • Tours of member libraries and invitations to member social events
  • Online resources that increase the visibility of physical and digital collections
  • Library collections of CDLC members
  • Hosted platforms for digital collections
  • Online tools, including an ILL eform and a regional interlibrary loan directory
  • Interlibrary loan among CDLC members
  • Subsidies for health-related interlibrary loan materials
  • Cataloging services*
  • Grant opportunities
  • Electronic resources at consorial rates for hospital libraries
  • Governance, with eligibility to serve on the CDLC Board of Trustees
  • Marketing tools for promoting your library’s job opening, programs and events
  • A statewide library delivery service*
  • A 24X7 virtual reference service
  • The broader library community
  • *fee based

    Member Costs

    Annual dues are based on a library’s total operating budget. The membership year begins July 1; however an institution may join at any time throughout the year.

    Become a Member

    Contact Kathleen Gundrum, Executive Director of CDLC, ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for information on how your institution can join CDLC.

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