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.

Current Opportunities (updated 11/1/2018)

NEW – Part-Time Temporary Community Engagement Clerk

Application – Part-Time Temporary Community Engagement Clerk

Part-Time Custodial Worker

Application – Part-Time Custodial Worker

Upcoming Exams

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

Volunteer at the Albany Public Library

We love our volunteers and appreciate their willingness to give of their free time to help with our programs & services. College groups, retired professionals, seniors, & others with a charitable spirit who are looking to give something back to their community can volunteer at the library.

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.

Current Volunteer Opportunities (updated 11/2/2018)

+ NEW – Tax Preparation Assistant
AARP Tax Aide Program, a free tax preparation service for our community, is looking for volunteers!  There are many opportunities for volunteers:
  • Tax Preparers work directly with the taxpayer to complete their tax return.
  • Client Facilitators welcome taxpayers and help organize their paperwork.
  • Technology Coordinators manage computer equipment.
  • Local Coordinators manage the site, volunteers and schedules.
  • Communications Coordinators help recruit new volunteers.

We have sites in Columbia, Rensselaer, Albany, Greene & Schoharie Counties. Volunteers will receive training.  To become a volunteer, please register for the Tax Aide Program through NYTaxAide.org.  In the upper right of the window click on “Volunteer with AARP Tax-Aide” link and follow the instructions.  If you have any questions, please contact Jerry Seeley at jseeley1018@gmail.com.

+ NEW – Homework Buddy (North Albany Branch)
A volunteer will tutor students in a one on one setting on Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday afternoons from 4pm – 6pm. They’ll work with
students from grades K – 12, & they’ll assist with homework help, test preparation, reading, etc.  They might also be asked to help with tasks around the branch, such as shelving & craft preparation, if tutoring happens to be slow on a certain day.

+ Library Links – Library Materials Delivery Program (All APL locations)

Volunteers deliver books & other library materials to homebound seniors in the city of Albany!
  • Must be 18+ (or deliver with someone who is)
  • Must use your own transportation
  • Schedule is based on the volunteer’s own time
+ Albany Made Creative Lab (Washington Ave Branch)
Teach Adobe Photoshop and/or Premiere, Tinkercad and/or Blender (3D design programs), or crocheting in our makerspace!
Volunteers will teach a workshop in their area of expertise. Workshops are held 1 – 2 times per month for 1 – 2 hours at a time.  Seeking volunteers who can work Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday evenings.
+ Guitar & Piano Teachers (Howe Branch)
Volunteers will teach either guitar or piano to children & adults.  Schedule will be decided between Howe library staff & the volunteer.
If you are interested in any 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.