The mission of the New York Library Association (NYLA) is to lead in the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning, quality of life, and equal opportunity for all New Yorkers.
In support of this mission, NYLA's goals are:
To create and maintain a large, stable, involved membership by drawing from the full range of New York's library service and information providers and supporters;
To ensure equitable access to the highest quality library and information services by speaking as the chief advocate for the people of New York;
To promote the visibility and use of libraries and the essential role of library service and information providers;
To protect and promote intellectual freedom and the first amendment right of free expression and to ensure equitable access to information;
To promote the timely and expert delivery of library and information services to meet the changing needs of individuals and society;
To advance the recruitment, education, professional development, and interests of library service and information providers;
To maintain a fiscally sound organization with an effective operating structure that is responsive to member needs;
To invest in expert, committed staff resources sufficient to carry out NYLA's mission, goals, and objectives effectively.