Hospital Library Services Program

The METRO Hospital Library Services Program (HLSP) supports the work of more than 65 hospital and medical center libraries in New York City and Westchester County. We seek to develop, enhance, and improve the delivery of healthcare information between member libraries and health care professionals. We use outreach and targeted support to make sure that local hospital and medical center libraries apply for any grants for which they are eligible.

METRO services to hospital and medical center libraries include:

The NYS HLSP guidelines may be found here.

Grant Opportunities

METRO distributes funds from the New York State Library to support acquisitions, technology upgrades and interlibrary loan services for hospital libraries.

Collection Development Grants

Collection development grants are available to METRO’s Hospital Library Service Program members. Grant amounts are based on funding available, established need, and current expenditure levels. The Collection Development grant may be used by HLSP member libraries to purchase either online or print materials that grow and support their local collections.

The application for the Collection Development grant is currently open and can be found here. The deadline for this grant is Friday, January 10, 2020.

Technology Grants

Each year, METRO receives funding to support technology needs in hospital libraries. Grants are available to members of METRO’s Hospital Library Services Program. Applications are reviewed by an ad-hoc committee drawn from the HLSP Advisory Council.

Applications are currently closed and will reopen January 2020.

Medical Information Service Program Grants

Medical Information Service Program grants are available to subsidize costs associated with interlibrary loans involving medical and health related materials. Grants are available to medical or hospital libraries, though other libraries may also be eligible to have the cost of its health-related interlibrary loans subsidized if the National Library of Medicine (NLM) or a Document Delivery Providers (DDP’s) provided them. Grant funding is based, in part, on Docline interlibrary loan statistics.

Applications are currently closed and will reopen February 2020.

Our Members

Contact Information

For information on joining HLSP or for questions related to any of our grant programs, please contact Timothy Johnson,