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.
Applications may be picked up in each branch, or downloaded as a PDF and returned to the library.
[Updated 1/27/17] Applications for the upcoming Librarian I, II, III and Library Assistant exams must be submitted to the Albany Municipal Civil Service Commission in room 301 at Albany City Hall no later than Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 5:00 pm.
The city’s employment website has more information about applying for these jobs.
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@
- 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