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.
The Capital District Library Council partners with members to strengthen library service through education, shared collections, and local connections.
Approved by the Board of Trustees November 2017
Approved by the Board of Trustees February 2012
CDLC completes and submits a Plan of Service to the New York State Education Department every five years. This plan identifies and provides an overview of our current and future services and programs.
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.
Capital District Library Council (CDLC) is committed to creating diverse, equitable, and inclusive practices in all aspects of its programming, education, operations, and staffing. We believe that promoting and supporting a diverse workforce in the local information industry is a benefit to our members and their communities. Services will not be denied to CDLC members based on, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, ability, religion, spiritual beliefs and traditions, or military status. CDLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Approved by Board Feb 18, 2022