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For the latest verified and comparative data on public libraries and the state library agency, please consult the Institute for Museum and Library Services website for data products and publications at:


Name: Bernard
Title: State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries
Organization: State of New York
Address: New York State Library
Cultural Education Center
City: Albany
State: NY
Zip Code: 12230
Phone: (518) 474-5930
Fax: (518) 486-6880
Appointment Date: 01/08/2009
Committee Assignments: n/a


Library Agency Homepage:
Virtual Library:
State Home Page:
Governor: Andrew M. Cuomo
Library Association:
Friends of the Library Association: <
Trustee Association:
Other State Library Links:
      Conservation / Preservation Program:
      NYLINE statewide listserv information:
      Library System Links:
      New York State Library Friends Group:
      Ready to Read at New York Libraries -- Statewide Early Literacy Program:
      Statewide Summer Reading Program:


Link to IMLS Public Library Statistics Webpage:

Year the data below was released: 2012
URL for Statewide Public Library Statistics:
Population: 19,378,102 (2010 census)
Number of Public Libraries: 755
Total Circulation: 158,648,955
Circulation Per Capita: 8.19
Total Library Operating Income: $1.2 billion
Total Expenditures: $1.16 billion
Expenditures per capita:$59.73
State Support:$69,395,152
Total Construction Funding:$14 million
Materials Loaned to other Libraries: 7.61 million


Link to IMLS State Library Statistics Webpage:

Year the data below was released: 2011
Governance Structure: Executive Branch - part of Department of Education - Office of Cultural Education. Department of Education governed by Board of Regents elected by the Legislature.
Library Legislation:
Library Standards:
Allied and Other Special Operations:
Number of Service Outlets: 2
Collections: Book and serial volumes – 2.74 million, Current serial subscriptions – 13,348, Audio materials - 163, Video materials– 553
Staff: 137.3
Income: $122.2 million (includes local assistance)
Expenditures: $150.6 million (includes local assistance)
Employment Opportunities:


LSTA Five Year Plan:
Other Relevant Links to State Library Publications:

Various newsletters from units of State Library:
Regents Commission on Library Services Report 2000 - Meeting the Needs of All New Yorkers: Library Service in the New Century:
Statement on Governance Role of a Trustee or Board Member:
Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State:
New York Online Virtual Electronic Library (NOVEL), Libraries Expanding Information Access for New Yorkers in the New Century:
New York State Summer Reading School Library Partner Manual:
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