Long Island Library Resources Council


Institutional Membership


The Long Island Library Resources Council (LILRC) is chartered by the New York State Board of Regents. The Council received its absolute charter in 1971 as the Reference and Research Library Resources Agency (3Rs Council) for Nassau and Suffolk Counties. A multi-type library system of 168 institutions, LILRC’s membership includes county public library systems, public libraries, colleges and universities, school library systems, school libraries, research institutes, hospital libraries, corporate and legal libraries, historical societies and museums, and other special libraries.

The Council serves as agent for state administered programs such as Coordinated Collection Development (CCD), Hospital Library Services Program (HLSP), and Regional Bibliographic Database and Interlibrary Resource Sharing Program (RBDB).


Any of the following organizations which participate in some form of regional resource sharing such as interlibrary loan, on-site access to materials etc., and which meet the requirements of the Commissioner of Education’s Regulation 90.5 (b)iii are eligible for membership:

  1. Approved public library systems within the chartered service area of the Long Island Library Resources Council, Inc.
  2. Any chartered institution of higher education whose library meets State Education Department standards, except that any chartered institution of higher education whose library does not meet departmental standards shall be eligible for membership when it submits to the Department a five-year plan for the realization of the standards, such plan bearing the signed approval of the head librarian, the president and the academic dean of the institution.
  3. Any hospital whose library meets the standards established by the Board of Regents, except that any hospital whose library does not meet the standards established by the Regents shall be eligible when it submits to the Commissioner of Education a five-year plan for the realization of the standards, such plan bearing the signed approval of the head of the governing board of such hospital.
  4. Any public, free association or Indian library which is a member of a public library system, library of an educational agency, library of a non-profit organization, or other special library that provides services within the area served by the system.
  5. Any other institution, agency or organization that can demonstrate a need to provide improved reference and research services to its users and/or can demonstrate how it can contribute to the improvement of library resources presently available to the research community.

Applications for membership must be approved by the Board of Trustees and the Commissioner of Education, and confirmed by payment of the annual membership fee.


Much of LILRC’s work is accomplished through advisory committees.

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If you have any questions, please call our office at 631-675-1570 or send an email to tspindler@lilrc.org.

Retired Librarian Membership


At the November 18, 2011 Annual Membership Meeting, the membership approved the inclusion of a retired librarian membership section under Article III of the Constitution. Retired librarians may become non-voting affiliate members upon payment of annual dues.

Membership Benefits & Application

Membership includes distribution of the LILRC Newsletter, FREE continuing education programs, and much more.

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"Long Island Library Resources Council" is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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