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General Information

The Capital District Library Council (CDLC) is a non-profit membership organization that provides continuing education, access to and awareness of library collections, access to digital resources, member grants, and advocacy efforts to libraries and cultural institutions in ten counties of upstate New York. 

Members include all types of libraries: academic, public, school (K-12), medical, non-profit and corporate. Our service area encompasses Albany, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington counties.

We are one of nine regional library councils serving libraries and library systems across New York State who collectively comprise the Empire State Library Network.

We are managed and governed by an elected Board of Trustees. 

CDLC received its provisional charter from the Board of Regents on June 26, 1966, and its absolute charter on September 24, 1971. Permanent statutory support was achieved on December 8, 1978.


Kathleen Gundrum, Executive Director, x125

Susan D'Entremont, Digital Project and Continuing Education Manager, x130

Maria DeGaetano, Business Services Coordinator, x132

Amy Hren, Member Services Librarian, x124

Kariann Kakeh, Communications and Technology Librarian, x126

Joseph Sherry, Finance Manager, x123

Joseph Thornton, Computer Systems Consultant

Christopher Tosh, HLSP Coordinator, x122

Meghan Wakeman, Resource Sharing Librarian, x127

Mission and Goals

Mission Statement

We partner with members to strengthen library service through education, shared collections, and local connections.

Approved by the Board of Trustees November 2017


  • Promote leading-edge reference and research resources to the region.
  • Strengthen cooperation among academic, hospital, corporate, and other specialized libraries; museums and archives; and public and school library systems.
  • Facilitate communication among CDLC members and their staff.
  • Support exploration and innovation in library services.

Approved by the Board of Trustees February 2012

Membership Information

Capital District Library Council provides support, consultation, services and opportunities for engagement to libraries and cultural heritage organizations within the greater Capital District region of New York.

Membership is open to libraries and library systems of all types: academic, public, school, corporate, hospital, government agencies, historical societies, museums, and archives. Bringing together regional collections and local connections, members achieve together what could not be achieved separately.

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28 Essex Street | Albany | New York 12206
Phone: 518-438-2500