Howe Branch

Our historic Howe Branch was restored to its original 1929 beauty and grandeur with a major renovation in 2010. It is the oldest continually operating library in the city of Albany and has been a true resource for the South End neighborhood for almost 90 years. The extensive renovation included restoring original windows, woodwork, shelving, and benches, and the project garnered two awards: Preservation Merit Award from the Historic Albany Foundation and Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse Merit Award from American Institute of Architects.

The Howe Branch is also a silver LEED-certified building, which means it is energy efficient and sustainably constructed with cost effective “green” systems. Located just down the street from the Schuyler Mansion, with its expansive views and natural light, and separate spaces, collections, and computers for adults, kids, and teens, our Howe Branch is truly a local attraction.

Location Hours:

Monday: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday & Friday: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: Closed
 

Branch Manager: 

Rebecca Lubin
howe@albanypubliclibrary.org

105 Schuyler Street (Intersection of Schuyler & Broad Streets) Albany NY 12202 518-472-9485

  • Services
  • Ongoing Programs
  • Off-street parking
  • 16 public access computers
  • Black & white printer ($0.20/page)
  • Black & white photocopier ($0.20/page)
  • 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
  • Two small-group study rooms
  • Pen in Hand – Weekly creative writing group for adults led by a local college professor
  • Off the Grid - Video gaming for kids/tweens/teens
  • Howe-lers After School Club – Crafts and games for kids & teens
  • Sew What – Twice monthly community sewing sessions for teens & adults