Support APL

Thank you for being interested in supporting the Albany Public Library. Our branches thrive thanks to the support of individuals like you. Your donations of time, money, and books help us achieve the levels of service and programs that our community deserves.

Donate to the Albany Public Library

Your gift to the library through the Albany Public Library Foundation means the difference between good libraries and great libraries. With private support, we can enhance our buildings, expand our collections, and provide more programs for all ages.

Donations may be mailed to:
Albany Public Library Foundation
161 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210

You may also donate to the library’s foundation online.

Become a Friend of APL

The Friends of Albany Public Library is a member-based organization that supports the library’s mission through programming and donations.

We have a great group of Friends, a separate non-profit organization whose members are dedicated to supporting the library. The group hosts a variety of programs that are free and open to the public. The Friends also raise money to help support library programs, like the Summer Reading Program for children and teens. You can learn more about the Friends’ activities by reading the group’s blog.

Join the Friends of APL

You can be a Friend of the Albany Public Library. Different annual membership levels are available:

  • Sustaining Member – $15
  • Patron Member – $30
  • Business Member – $75
  • Supporting Member – $100

To join the Friends, please send a check to:

Friends of Albany Public Library, Inc.
161 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210 

Attend Friends Programs

You can still enjoy the Friends programs, even if you aren’t a member. The group hosts weekly book talks every Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. at the Washington Ave. Branch. The Friends also put on a monthly poetry slam, on the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch. They also occasionally host movie screenings and musical performances, which are listed on our calendar. The Friends welcome you to attend their programs.

The Friends have organizational meetings several times a year, to which the public is always invited. Please check the online calendar for the next meeting date.

Contact the Friends of APL

To get in touch with the Friends, or learn more about the group, please contact President Roger Green.

Donate Gently Used Books

By donating your gently used books to the library, you are helping literacy partners around the globe while benefiting the library. We partner with Better World Books, which collects the donated books and sells them online, donates them to literacy organizations, and recycles them if necessary. Albany Public Library, and the APL Foundation, receive a portion of the proceeds from the online sales of books donated at our two collection points. That money goes back into your neighborhood libraries to make them better.

Gently used books can be dropped off in the bright green Better World Books donation bins in the parking lots of the Delaware Branch and the Pine Hills Branch.

Give Some of Your Time to APL

We love our volunteers! They are an integral part of our mission and their willingness to pitch in with our programs and services is so important to our work. Library volunteers come from all walks of life. We frequently host college groups, retired seniors, and others with a charitable spirit who are looking to give something back to their community. Volunteers help us as library aides, program assistants, tutors, and computer coaches, just to name a few options. Contact our volunteer coordinator to learn about current opportunities.