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.
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@
Current Volunteer Opportunities
- Must be 18+ (or deliver with someone who is)
- Must use your own transportation
- Currently recruiting for the Pine Hills branch library, but looking to expand the service to all of the branches
- Schedule is based on the volunteer’s own time