Employment & Volunteering

Work at the Albany Public Library

The library is a governmental institution that participates in civil service through the city of Albany and the New York State Retirement System. We are a union shop with the majority of our employees represented by Albany County Local #801 of CSEA, Local 1000 AFSCME, AFL-CIO.

Candidates for library employment are selected from civil service lists maintained by the city of Albany:

  • Two positions – library clerk and account clerk – have continuous recruitment.
  • Civil service tests for other positions, including library assistant and librarian (I, II, III), are offered at set times.
  • Tests for most administrative positions are held sporadically, so these employees are sometimes hired on a provisional basis.
  • There are no fees to take the civil service exams for library jobs.


Current Openings

Custodial Worker | Full Time | Posted 5/4/23 

Community Engagement Clerk | Part Time| Posted 4/27/23


JOB APPLICATION (for all positions)


Continuous Recruitment Exams

Exams for Librarian ILibrary AssistantLibrary Clerk, & Account Clerk are all continuous recruitment.

**There are NO fees to take these exams.**

These positions can be applied for at any time. The eligible list will be used to fill vacancies as they occur.

 More information can be found on the City of Albany’s Civil Service Employment website.


Volunteer at the Albany Public Library

(Updated 4/23)

At this time, we are unable to accommodate volunteers.

We will let you know when the library’s volunteer program is ready to accept applications.