Use A Computer

Do you need access to a computer? Albany Public Library has public computers available at all of our neighborhood branches. These computers can be used for a variety of purposes, including job applications, resumes, apartment hunting, research, or just surfing the web. 

Computer Access For Members

Any cardholder in the Upper Hudson Library System (Albany and Rensselaer Counties) is able to use a public computer at Albany Public Library for up to 3 hours per day. Public computers are available on a first-come-first-served basis. The cardholder’s account must be in good standing: current and complete borrower information (i.e. PIN #, DOB), total fines and fees of $100.00 or less.

If you do not have your library card with you, you may show a valid photo ID to use a computer.

Visitor Passes

Depending on availability, visitors without a library card can use the public computers at all Albany Public Library locations by requesting a free visitor’s pass. 

Software

All public computers are equipped with the following applications:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Internet Explorer
  • Google Chrome
  • Letter Chase Typing Tutor

Printing

All neighborhood branches are equipped with public black and white printers, and the charge for printing is $0.10 per page (B&W) and $0.15 per page (color). 

Earbuds

We ask that members and visitors who are listening to audio while using a public computer or a personal device use headphones. You may bring your own, or we have earbuds for sale for $3.00 a pair at all neighborhood branches.

Flash Drives

Any files that are saved to the desktops of our public computers will be deleted. Members and visitors are encouraged to save their work via email or to an external drive. We have 8 GB flash drives for sale for $6.00 at all neighborhood branches.

Prior to using a public computer at the Albany Public Library, please review our Internet Use policy.