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 10/15/2018)

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 7/17/2018)

+ 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.
+ One-on-One Technology Instructor (Howe & Delaware Branches)
Volunteers will assist patrons in one-on-one 30 minute sessions on weekday afternoons.  Topics include everything from navigating the internet to learning how to create an email account to using a new device.  Dates & times will be decided between the volunteer & library staff.
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.