For nearly 50 years, METRO’s state-of-the-art training, services, and networking opportunities have helped our diverse members in New York City and Westchester County stay at the forefront of the latest innovations in the library and archival services fields. We welcome your membership and look forward to working with you!

To become a METRO member, please complete this form.

Please see our list of current members. Note: if your institution is listed here, you are considered a member of METRO.

Membership Categories


To qualify as Members organizations must be located in New York City or Westchester County.

In addition, eligibility for 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.


Benefit Member Hospital Member Non-Profit Member Corporate Member
Event discounts Y Y Y Y
Rental discounts Y Y Y Y
Meetup Groups Y Y Y Y
Open Studio Hours Y Y Y Y
Audio Booth rental discount Y Y Y Y
Digitization Grants Y Y Y*  
Delivery Y      
Coordinated Collection Developemnt Aid for College and University Libraries Y*      
Medical Information Services and Technology Grants   Y*    
HLSP technology grants   Y*    
HLSP collection development grants   Y*    

*other restrictions may apply

Membership Fees

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. All dues assume non-profit status of member. For-profit membership rates are available upon request.

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

Individual Membership

Individual METRO membership gives information professionals in the metropolitan New York region and beyond access to opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Benefits of Individual Membership

Membership Fees

Annual Fees for Individual Membership are $100 (career transition and student discounts available.) Apply here!

updated, July 2019