What We Do

The Friends of the New York State Library is a not-for-profit group of readers, Library users, scholars, historians, and others whose mission is to stimulate government and public support for our nation’s greatest State Library. We support the Library through public education and advocacy, working with the State government and others to strengthen, preserve, and publicize the collections and services of this world-renowned institution.

Some highlights of TheĀ Friends work:

  • Informing the public, the Governor, the Legislature, the Board of Regents, and others regarding resources necessary to ensure that the State Library can continue to serve the government and people of the state;
  • Producing the quarterly illustrated New York State Library News with items about the Library’s collections, programs, and services;
  • Sponsoring an annual meeting and other programs featuring talks by authors of recently published books;
  • Assisting the New York State Library with special projects, such as the Van Rensselaer Manor Papers project through grant matching and other fund raising activities;
  • Recognizing the outstanding work of libraries in New York State through cosponsorship of the annual Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award.

If you are interested in helping The Friends in our work, please consider joining us.