Getting Involved in NYLA

New Members

NYLA's New Member Engagement Subcommittee is ready and waiting to help get you acclimated to the organization, connect you with other like-minded members and help you get the most out of your membership.
Check out all the way NMES can help you!

Volunteer Your Time

NYLA is a professional membership association that relies on its members to serve in a variety of volunteer roles that assist in carrying out the mission of the association. To volunteer your time and expertise, please fill out the form below and fax or email it to our Director of Membership Services at 518-427-1697 or and it will be forwarded to the appropriate person for follow-up.

Volunteer Form

Volunteer Form (DOC)


NYLA has a variety of committees that meet regularly in person or by phone that are focused on specific issues that either impact the library community or carry out the mission of the association. The committees utilize your expertise and enthusiasm for a particular issue or task to help shape the future of librarianship and the association. You can find out more about each committee by clicking here.

Sections and Roundtables

NYLA has seven sections and twelve roundtables that represent the diversity of the library community based on type of library, career track and special interests. Each section and roundtable has officers, committees and other opportunities for getting involved. Find out more about each section and roundtable.

Make a Donation

NYLA established several funds that would allow donors to contribute to specific initiatives and programs that support the mission of the association and impact the library community. Listed below are a description of the funds and a link to how you can donate.

NYLA's Fund for the Future

The purpose of this fund is to provide NYLA with long-term financial stability and ensure NYLA's future ability to serve its members. Interest from the endowment would be used to provide another revenue stream for the association to carry out its mission.

Intellectual Freedom Fund

The purpose of this fund is to advance the cause of intellectual freedom and help NYLA members in their efforts to defend the rights of intellectual freedom.

Advocacy Fund

The purpose of this fund is to help underwrite the costs of NYLA's advocacy efforts at both the state and local levels. Funds would be used to promote libraries and their need for more public funding at the state and local levels.

Disaster Relief Fund

The purpose of this fund is to provide funding to libraries in New York damaged or destroyed by natural or manmade disasters like flooding, hurricanes, fire, etc.

Scholarship Fund

The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to one student at each of the seven library and information science schools in New York State.

Legal Defense Fund

The purpose of this fund is to provide assistance to libraries on legal matters that have statewide implications for the library community.

To make a donation to any of these funds click here.