Institutional Membership

METRO's members include libraries, archives, and museums. With more than 250 members, the METRO community encompasses a variety of archives and libraries, including academic, hospital, nonprofit, school, special, and public libraries.

Our members benefit from a range of services and resources that improve operations, promote professional development, and strengthen the library and archival communities in New York City and Westchester County.

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Membership Criteria

For purposes of membership in METRO, a library is defined as an entity that provides reference and research services and has a separate and independent budget. Libraries include, but are not limited to, public libraries, public elementary school or secondary school libraries, academic libraries, health sciences/medical libraries, research libraries, and private libraries, provided they are eligible to be considered libraries within the state in which they are organized. METRO does not certify or evaluate individual libraries except against our own membership criteria.

Institutional Membership Options





Associate Members

Who can Apply?

Legally designated libraries or research organizations in NYC or Westchester County.

Organizations that do not meet all the criteria to become Full Members. 

Organizations located outside NYC or Westchester County.

No geographic restrictions apply in this category.

Organizations that do not provide reference/research services but share METRO’s goal of improving access to library resources.

How to Apply?

Complete the online application 
Arrange a site visit by a METRO staff representative.


Submit a letter explaining your organization’s mission.
Provide recent annual report or similar document.
Following the submission of a completed membership application and completion of a site visit, applicants can expect a decision within two weeks.

Flexible Dues Schedules Tailored to Your Organization's Budget

In accordance with Article II Section 9 of the Metro Bylaws “Dues for each category of membership shall be set by majority vote of the members based on recommendations of theBoard of Trustees.” Until further action by the Board, the following annual dues schedule will be in effect. All dues assume non-profit status of member. For-profit membership rates available upon request. 

Annual operating expenditures of membership units
(salaries, materials and other expenses):
Annual Dues
 Under $50,000 $296 
 Between $50,000 and $99,000 $494 
 Between $100,000 and $249,000 $790 
 Between $250,000 and $499,000 $1,087 
 Between $500,000 and $749,000 $1,483 
 Between $750,000 and $999,000 $1,977 
 Between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000 $2,966
 Over $2,000,000 $3,954 
Updated July 2016

For more information, contact Kyle Brown, General Manager, at (212) 228-2320 or kbrown [at] metro [dot] org..