Coordinated Collection Development Aid

2020 CCDA applications are available. You can access the application here.
The deadline for electronic submission of the application is December 8, 2020.

New York State recognizes that academic libraries share their resources with other libraries, on the state and regional level. This kind of resource sharing makes the entire New York library ecosystem stronger. The CCDA program supports this kind of sharing by giving out yearly  grants to academic libraries at public and not-for-profit colleges. Since 1981, academic libraries in the METRO region have received more than $8 million in coordinated collection development aid.

Coordinated Collection Development Aid

Interested in applying for a CCDA grant? Read our FAQ below.

Who Is Eligible?

CCDA funding is available to academic libraries that are eligible to receive State aid and that meet certain other eligibility criteria. They must be a member of a reference and research library resources system, and must fully participate in interlibrary loan and other resource sharing programs.

The Application Process

Applications are mailed in the spring, and libraries receive their funds in the following fall. First-time applicants must submit a “New Participant Form,” which is available from METRO. The funds are allocated via a formula based on student enrollment levels and other criteria. Applicants must also meet certain eligibility guidelines related to annual budgets. METRO provides support to academic libraries for the application process, and reviews all applications and other forms before they are forwarded to the State. Funds are distributed directly to member libraries. Approximately $700,000 is awarded annually to area academic libraries.

Contact Us

For more information on Coordinated Collection Development Aid for Academic Libraries contact Kyle Brown at or Mark Parson at

Our CCDA Plan

Materials purchased in a wide range of subject areas by the Metropolitan New York Library Council’s (METRO) academic library members are shared with libraries of all types through regional and statewide delivery systems, increasing the variety and number of resources available to New York State residents.

METRO’s current CCDA plan operates under the guidelines below. These guidelines have been developed by the Program Administrator for the Coordinated Collection Development Program at the State Library with the assistance of the Empire State Library Network (ESLN) who administer the program at the local level.

The purpose of this program is to enhance academic library collections thereby strengthening regional collections that are available via resource sharing. Accordingly, Any library materials can be purchased under the resource sharing program by an academic institution as long as it can be lent to or used by the patrons of members of the reference and research library resources systems.

Periodicals, serials, and reference materials can be purchased as long as they can be lent to or used by patrons of members of the reference and research library resources systems. The materials need not circulate if they do not circulate to students or faculty in the home academic institution. Electronic database costs can be paid under the resource-sharing program by an academic institution if the license permits on-site use by patrons and by members of the reference and research library resources system.

Fees paid for providing access to materials acquired through document delivery can not be included because the materials are not subsequently available for loan to others. Institutional fees such as overhead and processing charges can not be paid for with CCDA program funds. Duplication of titles purchased with Coordinated Collection Development Program funds in different academic libraries is acceptable if the duplication meets regional collection development needs.

All use of Coordinated Collection Development Program funds presumes that there is also an ongoing and substantial commitment of institutional funds to collection development, as required in the legislation for the Coordinated Collection Development Program. Commissioner’s Regulation §90.15 (e) Maintenance of Effort states…amount expended for library materials; therefore electronic access to a database from which library material, e.g. a journal article, journal citation, or other information sources that may be retrieved and shared, can be included as part of the total library materials expenditures in order to demonstrate maintenance of collection-building efforts from year-to-year.


CCDA Plan and Process

METRO’s CCDA Plan may be revised periodically to reflect changes in member institutions’ collection development priorities. A complete list of participating institutions and their collection foci will be posted on the METRO website with a form for members to register any changes to their collection development priorities. Revisions may also be based on recommendations by the Resource Sharing Advisory Council (to be formed in 2012) to the Board of Trustees and and the All revisions are subject to approval by METRO’s Board of Trustees and will be announced to participating members and the New York State Library Division of Library Development.


CCDA Members and Subject Areas

METRO administers CCDA funds to approximately seventy-six academic libraries in its membership. Participating libraries collect materials in multiple formats in the following subject areas:


InstitutionSubject Areas
American Academy of Dramatic ArtsDramatic Arts
Bank Street College of EducationChild Development, Child Psychology, Children’s Literature, Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Museum Education