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MVLS Mission Statement

Mohawk Valley Library System serves communities by empowering libraries.

MVLS Vision Statement

Mohawk Valley Library System libraries are cherished as community anchors with secure futures. Libraries are models of good governance and efficient management; they provide education, entertainment, and events, and serve as a nexus for collaborating and building community.

MVLS History

The Mohawk Valley Library System was organized in 1959 and chartered by the State Education Department in 1960 as one of 23 Public Library Systems in New York State.  Library systems provide for public library services for all and foster collaboration among libraries, working primarily through the independent, local public libraries in the region.  MVLS works with the 14 chartered public libraries in Fulton, Montgomery, Schenectady and Schoharie Counties.  Governed by a 13 member Board of Trustees representing the four counties, MVLS operates under a state-approved Plan of Service.

Since 1984, MVLS has maintained a cooperative agreement with the Southern Adirondack Library System (SALS) through which the two systems work together  to provide a computerized integrated library system, shared union library catalog, and full network and computer support for all member libraries in an 8 county area.