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 2/6/2019)
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 (updated 1/3/2019)
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
+ Culture & Coffee Speaker (Pine Hills Branch)
Volunteers will lead a guided discussion on a topic of their choice. Popular topics have included ones focused on history, politics, &
science. Talks are held on the second Friday of each month from 2 – 3pm. Speakers are needed for March, April, May, & June.
+ Library Links – Library Materials Delivery Program (All APL locations)
- Must be 18+ (or deliver with someone who is)
- Must use your own transportation
- Schedule is based on the volunteer’s own time
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.