The Capital District Library Council (CDLC) is a non-profit library consortium that provides relevant, essential services to all types of libraries in a ten-county region of upstate New York. The Council's role in facilitating staff development, resource sharing and collaborative projects enables member libraries to provide top quality services. CDLC member services include resource sharing and interlibrary loan; an online catalog of regional library holdings; support and training for digitized library collections; the Direct Access Program, allowing library users to borrow from many local libraries; continuing education for library staff; and the administration of state-funded regional automation, Coordinated Collection Development, Hospital Library Services and Medical Information Services programs. CDLC’s region includes over 500 academic, special and hospital libraries; public library systems and public libraries; school library systems and school libraries; and archives and museums. CDLC’s service area comprises Albany, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington counties. CDLC is one of nine library councils serving libraries and library systems across New York State who collectively comprise the Empire State Library Network (ESLN).