Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch

IN-PERSON SERVICES AND CURBSIDE PICKUP | Available at this branch by appointment only (updated 2/15/21)

Get details about in-building services: Computer use, print/copy/fax/scan, reference and research assistance, notary, and CDTA Navigator cards.

How to use curbside pickup: Request books, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, and museum passes online or by phone and pick them up curbside. Appointment is required to pick up items.

Appointments for all services can be scheduled Monday-Friday at 12:00-5:30 pm.

Please call (518) 694-0596  to make an appointment at the Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch.


Our Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch was newly built in 2010, and its striking contemporary profile stands as a beacon to this historic neighborhood.  It is the first-ever library to serve West Hill, and the first in almost 50 years to serve Arbor Hill.

Honored with the 2011 New York Library Association Outstanding Public Library Building Award, this 12,000-square-foot branch features a soaring front atrium with floor-to-ceiling windows and views of the neighborhood, and a beautiful interior garden.  This branch is a silver LEED-certified building, which means it is energy efficient and sustainably constructed with cost effective “green” systems.  With separate spaces, collections, and computers for adults, kids, and teens, our Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch is the place to be!


To get there by bus:

Route 182 – Henry Johnson Blvd & 1st St

Route 737 – Henry Johnson Blvd & 1st St

Route 100 – Livingston Ave & Henry Johnson Blvd

Route 138 – Livingston Ave & Henry Johnson Blvd

Route 125 – Clinton Ave & Lark St


Location Hours:

Monday-Friday: 12:00-5:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed
In-building appointment services temporarily suspended starting Dec. 8, 2020

Branch Manager: Alexandra Bernat

148 Henry Johnson Boulevard Albany NY 12210 518-694-0596

  • Services
  • Ongoing Programs
  • Off-street parking
  • 24 public access computers
  • Black & white printer ($0.10/page)
  • Black & white photocopier ($0.10/page)
  • Color photocopier ($.50/page)
  • Scanner — coming soon
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Faxing:
    • Domestic: $1.75 for first page + $1 for each additional page
    • International: $3.50 for first page + $3 for each additional page
    • Sending only; no receiving
  • Two community meeting rooms
  • Three small group study rooms
  • One-on-One Computer Help – Learn the basics and get assistance with resumes, Internet skills, mobile devices, and more (by appointment; adults)
  • Story Time – Youth Services librarians select wonderful, age-appropriate books, sing songs, and engage in rhyming and finger play (kids & families)
  • LEGO Club – Build something cool with our LEGO kits (kids & teens)
  • Car Q & A  Stop by the library and talk to Will, AH/WH Branch Librarian/car guy, regarding everything automotive (adults)
  • Friends of APL Poetry Slam – Monthly gathering of poets and poetry lovers alike (adults)