The Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) is a non-profit organization working to develop and maintain essential library services throughout New York City and Westchester County. METRO's service is developed and delivered with broad input and support from an experienced staff of library professionals, the organization's member libraries, an active board of trustees, government representatives and other experts in research and library operations.

As the largest reference and research resources (3Rs) library council in New York State, METRO members reflect a wide range of special, academic, archival and public library organizations. In addition to training programs and support services, METRO also works to bring members of the New York City and Westchester County library communities together through ample networking opportunities to promote ongoing exchanges of information and ideas.

METRO is an active participant in many essential advocacy initiatives. Through our services, networking events and other resources, we also help members of the library community to take a more active role in advocacy initiatives.

Mission Statement

METRO advances library and knowledge-management services in New York City, Westchester County and beyond through active collaboration, resource and knowledge sharing, strategic planning and thinking, professional development and advocacy among our members and other organizations with similar interests. In this manner, we improve the public’s access to and understanding of timely, high quality information and strengthen the role of libraries as important partners for solving individual problems, making sense of complex issues in the larger world and accessing cultural and recreational resources.


METRO is managed and governed by an elected Board of Trustees and program areas receive direct input from METRO's Advisory Councils. METRO's day-to-day operations are managed by a team of specialists in areas of the library and archives field.

For more information on how METRO's operations are governed, please review our bylaws.

Strategic Plan

In a time of unprecedented change in the realm of library and information services, METRO launched a strategic planning process in mid-2007 to chart the organization’s course over the next several years.

The strategic planning process focused on several key goals, including:

  • Addressing critical questions about the future of METRO and our member libraries in ways that fully involve METRO’s members and stakeholders
  • Identifying and prioritizing organizational challenges and opportunities
  • Delineating a clear and bold vision for the organization’s future
  • Developing a concise and strong strategic plan for achieving that vision

The planning process was successfully completed in late 2008 after an extensive member survey.