Employment & Volunteering

Work at the Albany Public Library

Do you love helping people, providing service to the community, solving problems, and doing it all with a smile? Then you might want to work at Albany Public Library! 

We have a staff of about 120 full- and part-time workers in various job titles. The bulk of our positions are custodian, library clerk, library assistant, and librarian. Our staff works in seven locations around the city, all of which are served by bus lines and have parking lots or ample street parking.

The library is a governmental institution that participates in civil service through the city of Albany and the New York State Retirement System. We are a union shop with the majority of our employees represented by Albany County Local #801 of CSEA, Local 1000 AFSCME, AFL-CIO.

Candidates for library employment are selected from civil service lists maintained by the city of Albany. Two positions – library clerk and account clerk – have continuous recruitment. Civil service tests for other positions, including library assistant and librarian (I, II, III), are offered at set times. Tests for most administrative positions are held sporadically, so these employees are sometimes hired on a provisional basis.

The city’s employment website has more information about applying for these jobs.

We have current openings for part-time and full-time Custodial Worker I. (Updated 6/20/16)

For more information and questions, please contact our human resources manager.


Volunteer at the Albany Public Library

The library has some great volunteer opportunities, including library aides, program assistants, tutors, and computer coaches, just to name a few options. We love our volunteers and appreciate their willingness to give some of their free time to pitch in with our programs and services. We frequently host college groups, retired professionals, seniors, and others with a charitable spirit who are looking to give something back to their community.

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the volunteer application and drop it off at one the library branches or email it to the volunteer coordinator at volunteer@albanypubliclibrary.org.

Albany Made Creative Lab
Volunteer community experts are needed to support the use of:
  • 3D printer
  • 3D scanner
  • Video and music production equipment
  • Sewing machines
  • Fiber arts materials
  • Hand tools
  • Graphic and computer software
  • Color printer
  • Digital camera
  • Bike repair
Date & Time:
Mondays | 4 – 7:30pm
Thursdays | 2 – 5:30pm
1st & 3rd Saturdays | 1 – 4:30pm
Other dates & times as needed
Location: Washington Ave. Branch (161 Washington Ave.)
If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please fill out the volunteer application and drop it off to us or email it to the volunteer coordinator at volunteer@albanypubliclibrary.org.