Mission Statement

The Northern New York Library Network is a regional multi-type library agency primarily dedicated to cooperatively providing support and services necessary for all of its members to meet their individual goals. The Network serves libraries in the seven counties of Northern New York for the ultimate benefit of the library user.

A Description of the NNYLN

The Northern New York Library Network is a multi-type library organization chartered by the Regents in 1965. It provides a range of support services to libraries in seven counties in Northern New York. Those services include resource sharing programs, publications, access to research databases, specialized medical information services, regional catalogs, shared collection development, professional training programs, archival consultations and training, disaster preparedness, conservation/preservation programs, digitization, and electronic document delivery.

The Northern New York Library Network is one of nine regional councils and is part of a coordinated state- wide plan for service to all types of libraries. The Northern New York region covers the largest geographic area of the nine councils, serving libraries over a 10,000 square mile territory.

The Network is governed by a 14-member Board of Trustees, which includes representatives from a variety of library types, as well as lay members. The Board’s main function is one of dealing with matters of policy, planning and budget, while the Network’s staff carries out basic operation and management. Membership is open to any library falling within the Network’s territory as defined by the Board of Regents and which meets membership criteria.