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In the middle of a global pandemic and collective pain after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, this is a challenging time for everyone. Some of Albany’s neighborhoods feel the fear, pain, and grief more than others due to systemic racism, and were further harmed by violence and vandalism t...

CONTACT APL STAFF: MONDAY-FRIDAY 10 AM-6 PM (518) 217-5601    (518) 217-8554    (518) 217-8323   askalibrarian@albanypubliclibrary.org    Continuation of Service Plan: Guide to Reopening (New 5/14/20) Virtual Programs Created by APL Staff (Updated 5/4/20) Listen to APL's Albany Made...

View the candidate biographies and photos (Updated 5/26) There are seven candidates on the ballot for two open APL trustee seats in the June 9 election. There are two seats, both carrying full five-year terms, open. Voters will be asked to select two people. (Updated 5/26/20 at 3:45 pm) IMPORTANT ...

The Albany Public Library Board of Trustees unanimously approved the Continuation of Service Plan, a document that guides the library through a phased approach to reopening buildings and resuming in-person services, at its March 12 virtual meeting. “We have created a multi-step, five-phase plan t...

APL Executive Director Scott C. Jarzombek wrote an article for the New York Library Association advocating for a thoughtful, nuanced approach to safely reopen public libraries. "Reopening is not flipping a switch. It will be slowly adjusting a dial," Jarzombek wrote. "We turn it up and down, slowl...

UPDATE: The library hosted an information session on May 7 about what it's like to be a trustee. You can view the video on YouTube. The APL trustee election will now be held on Tuesday, June 9, via absentee ballot as set forth by an executive order from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  There are two trustee s...