METRO is a non-profit service provider that helps libraries, archives, and museums excel at their work.

Mission Statement

METRO works to create a sustainable culture of creativity, collaboration, and open exchange for libraries, archives, museums, and cultural institutions in the Metropolitan New York region and around the world.

We accomplish our mission through leadership, grantmaking, resource sharing, professional learning, research, technology services, creative practice, and more.

Vision Statement

We strive toward a world where communities’ aspirations are uplifted in the libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions they build.

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METRO is managed and governed by an elected Board of Trustees. All of METRO’s services are developed and delivered with broad input and support from an experienced staff of library professionals, the organization’s membership, our active board of trustees, and advisory councils. METRO’s day-to-day operations are managed by a team of specialists in areas of the library and archives field. We are grateful for the support of the New York State Department of Cultural Education, and the New York State Library Division of Library Development. 

For more information, please review our bylaws.

Plan of Service

2021-2026 Plan of Service