All APL locations will be CLOSED Thursday, April 18 for Staff Development Day.

Fact Sheet

Albany Public Library:

  • Is committed to connecting the people of Albany, New York, to the information they need to empower and enrich their lives
  • Operates seven locations across the city of Albany (Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch, Bach Branch, Delaware Branch, Howe Branch, North Albany Branch, Pine Hills Branch, Washington Ave. Branch)
  • Completed a $29.1 million project in 2010 to renovate three award-winning branch libraries and build two new ones in Albany’s neighborhoods
  • Serves the 95,000 residents of the city of Albany (just about two-thirds of them have Albany Public Library cards)
  • Provides access to a collection of more than 350,000 materials—including books, magazines, e-books, audio books, music CDs, and DVDs
  • Provides 24/7 access to many services and collections through a free mobile app
  • Offers e-books and digital audiobooks, as well as online renewals, via an interactive website
  • Delivers dozens of programs each week—including story times for toddlers, noontime lectures for seniors, game nights for teens, reading clubs and movie screenings for children and adults, research and job search assistance for adults, and special events for the whole community
  • Provides building-wide Wi-Fi connections, as well as public access computers and computer training assistance, at all locations
  • Hosts free literacy programs, tax preparation, and financial education services for Albany residents
  • Houses the Pruyn Collection of Albany History—which includes many historical books, pamphlets, clippings, newspapers, photographs, city directories, and census records—in a beautifully renovated room in the Washington Ave. Branch
  • Has won numerous accolades, including five library design/building awards for the new/renovated branch libraries, as well as awards for adult and children’s programming 

Each month at Albany Public Library:

  • 58,000 books, DVDs, magazines, e-books, CDs, and audiobooks are loaned out
  • 66,000 people use the libraries
  • 35,000 people access the library website for information
  • 12,000 people use library computers for research and entertainment
  • 7,000 people tap into the Wi-Fi at our branches
  • 5,000 people attend library programs and activities
  • 1,275 hours that people have to visit open library branches
  • 700 community groups use library meeting rooms

APL Fact Sheet

2017 Community Report