New York State's Reference and Research Library Resources Councils

Ensuring that all New Yorkers get the information they need regardless of where they live, work or go to school.

Facts about Reference and Research Library Resources Councils

  • Serve over 19 million people statewide.
  • Serve over 900 academic, hospital, law and business, and other special libraries.
  • Serve 23 public library systems with 756 public libraries.
  • Serve 41 school library systems with 4,437 school library media centers.
  • Facilitate more than 800,000 interlibrary loan and resource sharing requests annually.
  • Provide delivery service to libraries through Empire Library Delivery (ELD)
  • Distribute grants to all types of libraries.
  • Offer free access to NOVELNY and negotiate licenses for other electronic information databases (full text of newspapers, journals, etc.), and e-books.
  • Provide professional development and training opportunities for library staff and trustees.
  • Collaborate on the Ask Us 24/7 external link opens in a new window service connecting people with questions to librarians.
  • Connect with the New York State Library, public library systems, school library systems and academic and special libraries for regional access to specialized resources.
  • Cooperate in the ongoing development of digital collections for research through New York Heritageexternal link opens in a new window.
  • Work collaboratively through the NY 3Rs Association, Inc. external link opens in a new window to provide statewide programs and services

New York State's Reference and Research Library Resources Councils

3Rs map; click to go to the 3Rs page and connect with the 9 3Rs
  • Capital District Library Council -- (518) 438-2500
  • Central New York Library Resources Council -- (315) 446-5446
  • Long Island Library Resources Council -- (631) 675-1570
  • METRO - Metropolitan New York Library Council (212) 228-2320
  • Northern New York Library Network -- (315) 265-1119
  • Rochester Regional Library Council -- (585) 223-7570
  • South Central Regional Library Council -- (607) 273-9106
  • Southeastern New York Library Resources Council -- (845) 883-9065
  • Western New York Library Resources Council -- (716) 633-0705

Reference and Research Library Resources Councils Provide a wide range of direct support services

  • Support for the latest technologies and their application, including digitization projects, social networks, e-books, Internet access, lists, websites, locator tools, equipment and software
  • Interlibrary loan, document delivery services, reciprocal borrowing cards and other resource sharing services
  • Special library research services for small rural hospital libraries to ensure access to major research collections
  • Staff expertise in areas such as medical information, advanced technology, collection development, management, reference services, digitization, and information literacy
  • Programs of professional development and training for library staff and trustees on site, online and through video conferencing
  • Coordination of state funding programs for academic collections, hospital services, regional resource sharing and documentary heritage
  • Working with the New York State Library to develop the New York Online Virtual Electronic Library (NOVELNY)
  • Coordinating the statewide Documentary Heritage Program in cooperation with the New York State Archives
  • Cooperative grants administration, consulting and grant writing assistance
  • Marketing, advocacy and public relations services

Background Information

In 1966, the New York State Legislature authorized the establishment of reference and research library resources councils in Education Law. Governance and function are established in the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education. Each reference and research library resources council is governed by a board of trustees and has a variety of advisory committees to help carry out its work.

The State created reference and research library resources councils to expand the availability of the resources of academic, medical, law, business and special libraries to more New Yorkers and to enable libraries of all types to buy services and share resources cooperatively in order to strengthen programs and services.

All nine of the reference and research library resources councils are supported by a combination of State Aid to libraries and membership dues. Councils qualify for aid based on an approved five-year plan of service, annual budgets and reports.

For more information on and links to Reference and Research Library Resources Councils:

Image map of the 3Rs systems; click on the map for a larger version that links to the nine 3Rs Councils.

For more information on the New York Online Virtual Electronic Library (NOVELNY):
Visit the New York State Library's NOVELNY web site
NOVELny

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Last Updated: November 7, 2012 -- daf