Governing Membership: Any of the following organizations who serve a research community and who meet the membership requirements as found in the regulations of the Commissioner of Education section 90.5 (as amended 1/7/94) are eligible for membership: Libraries of institutions of higher education, public library systems, central or co-central libraries of public library systems, public libraries, school library systems, school libraries, other special libraries, for profit and non-profit organizations. Libraries meeting the Commissioner Regulations and which have at least one MLS/MLIS librarian must be Governing Members. Hospital libraries are also eligible for membership if they meet standards established under Regulations of the Commissioner 90.17.
A prospective member must either demonstrate how it will bring improved library or information resources to the SCRLC region; or, demonstrate how it will bring improved reference or research services to its community; and is willing to cooperate in meeting the goals of SCRLC. Full members receive all the benefits of membership including voting rights and access to electronic resources (a $100 access fee applies).
SCRLC Governing member libraries have access to all the Council's resources including:
Council initiatives and programs including New York Heritage
Free interlibrary loan among other SCRLC members
Medical Information Services Program to help pay for health-related interlibrary loan materials
A wide variety of continuing education opportunities, including workshops and special interest groups, both face-to-face and online
Consulting services/focus groups
Governing Membership Application Affiliate Membership: An organization not meeting the Commissioner of Education's requirements but which is sympathetic to the purposes and mission of the Council may become a non-voting affiliate member. A prospective affiliate member must either demonstrate how it will bring improved library or information resources to the SCRLC region; or, demonstrate how it will bring improved reference or research services to its community; and is willing to cooperate in meeting the goals of SCRLC. They may apply for RBDB grants for digitization and participate in AskUs and selected projects. Non-public/school libraries meeting the Commissioner Regulations and which have at least one MLS/MLIS librarian must be Governing Members.
Affiliate Membership Application Personal Membership: Any individual sympathetic to the purposes and mission of the Council may become a non-voting personal member. Personal members can participate in continuing education activities, committees, special interest groups, and some pilot projects. Note: Library workers who are employed by libraries belonging to SCRLC public library system members and SCRLC school library system members can already take advantage of all the benefits personal membership offers! If you are a librarian, library science student and unaffiliated with any of the SCRLC members, personal membership may be for you!
MEMBERSHIP DUES - Approved by Membership 10/28/2022
GOVERNING MEMBERS (Voting)
School Library Systems
Public Library Systems
Ind. Public/School Libraries
Additionally, there is an electronic resources cost share fee for governing members, which is set by the Board of Trustees. Currently, individual governing members pay $112; library systems, $561. Individual public library members do not pay the cost share because they access the resources through their public library system. The cost share is approximately 10% of the Council's electronic resources expenditures.
AFFILIATE MEMBERS (The affiliate fees have not increased 2%)
(Includes publics/schools who do not want to be governing members)
Dues, with the exception of personal members, may be increased for three years, with a 3% cap each year. The Board determines the increase each spring, taking economic conditions into account. Members will be informed as soon as possible of any changes for budgeting purposes. The dues structure will be revisited for FY 2026-2027, i.e., in three years.