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For nearly 50 years, we’ve offered helpful benefits to our members. We’re talking scholarships, digitization grants, book delivery, networking events, digital collections hosting, access to our digital media studio, and so much more.

We help members stay at the forefront of the latest innovations in the infomation services fields. There’s little we won’t do to help our members thrive.

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METRO Membership

To qualify as members, organizations must be located in New York City or Westchester County. Institutions who are based elsewhere in New York State are welcome to visit Empire State Library Network to find their local council.

Membership Categories

Membership to METRO is open to anyone who is interested in accessing our programs and services. While our core mission is focused on providing the very best support to libraries, archives, and museums, we also hold space for those who are involved in the world of information in any shape or form. When you think about it, our benefits apply to a wide range of groups and individuals.


LAM Member

Eligibility for LAM Membership requires that an organization operates a library.

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, archives, public libraries, public elementary school or secondary school libraries, academic libraries, museum libraries, research libraries, and private libraries. METRO does not certify or evaluate individual libraries except against our own membership criteria.


Hospital Members

The METRO Hospital Library Services Program (HLSP) supports the work of hospital and medical center libraries in New York City and Westchester County. Eligible organizations are hospital libraries in not for-profit hospitals licensed by the New York State Health Department or member libraries serving such hospitals. Hospital members enjoy all of the benefits of being members, but as hospital members they have access to other categorical aid from New York State.


Non-Profit Members

Non-Profit Membership is open to any non-profit organization regardless of their geographic location or their official status as a library. Because METRO receives funding from New York State’s Office of Cultural Education to support specific programs, Associate Members are not eligible for some of the programs and services that Members are.


Corporate Members

This membership category is open to any businesses that do not qualify as non-profit organizations.

Member Benefits


BenefitLAM MemberHospital MemberNon-Profit MemberCorporate Member
Event DiscountsYYYY
Space Rental DiscountsYYYY
Leadership Opportunities in Meetup GroupsYYYY
Access to Open Studio HoursYYYY
Studio Equipment Booking DiscountsYYYY
Eligibility for Digital GrantsYYY* 
Access to METRO Delivery ServicesY   
Elibility for Coordinated Collection Developemnt Aid for College and University LibrariesY*   
Access to Medical Information Services and Technology Grants Y*  
Access to HLSP technology grants Y*  
Access to HLSP collection development grants Y*  

*other restrictions may apply

Membership Fees

Annual operating expenditures of membership units (salaries, materials and other expenses)Annual Dues
Under $50,000$330
Between $50,000 and $99,000$551
Between $100,000 and $249,000$881
Between $250,000 and $499,000$1,210
Between $500,000 and $749,000$1,652
Between $750,000 and $999,000$2,202
Between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000$3,305
Over $2,000,000$4,405

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 the Board of Trustees.” Until further action by the Board, the following annual dues schedule will be in effect.

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