All branches will be CLOSED May 27-29 (Sat-Mon) for Memorial Day Holiday.

Employment & Volunteering

Work at the Albany Public Library

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.

[Updated 4/28/17]  We are currently hiring: Custodial Workers (both Full & Part Time).

Applications may be picked up in each branch, or downloaded & returned to the library.

Upcoming Exams

The city’s employment website has more information about upcoming & ongoing Civil Service exams.

For more information about employment at Albany Public Library, 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

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