Howe Branch

IN-PERSON SERVICES AND CURBSIDE PICKUP | Available at this branch by appointment only (updated 9/14)

Details about in-person services — Use a computer, copy/print/scan/fax documents, purchase/replenish CDTA Navigator card, or get assistance from a librarian. All services require an appointment.

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

Appointments can be scheduled Monday-Friday at 12:00-5:30 pm. Please call (518) 472-9485  to make an appointment at the Howe Branch.

Note: We are not allowing browsing in the buildings at this time. If you are looking for something to read or watch, please call us and a librarian will help you make a selection that can be borrowed using curbside pickup.


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.

To get there by bus:

Route 6 – South Pearl St & Morton Ave

Route 7 – South Pearl St & Morton Ave

Route 100 – South Pearl St & Morton Ave


Location Hours:

Monday-Friday: 12:00-5:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Branch Manager: Tor Loney

105 Schuyler Street Albany NY 12202 518-472-9485

  • Services
  • Ongoing Programs
  • Off-street parking
  • 16 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
  • 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 – Community sewing machine sessions, with instruction, for teens & adults
  • Tutoring – Tutors from local colleges and organizations help youth in 1st through 12th grades with homework, test taking or any school subject (by appointment; kids & teens)