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.

Current Openings (updated 5/7/2019)

Temporary Library Assistant (Summer 2019)

Community Engagement Clerk

Library Assistant – UPDATED

Full-Time Custodial Worker

Part-Time Custodial Worker

Application – Custodial Worker

Continuous Recruitment Exams (updated 5/1/2019)

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

Exams for Librarian I, Library Assistant, Library Clerk, & Account Clerk are all continuous recruitment. More information can be found on the City of Albany’s Civil Service Employment website.

Volunteer at the Albany Public Library

We love our volunteers and appreciate their willingness to give of their free time to help with our programs & services. College groups, retired professionals, seniors, & others with a charitable spirit who are looking to give something back to their community can volunteer at the library.

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the volunteer application and drop it off at one the library branches or email it to the volunteer coordinator at volunteer@albanypubliclibrary.org.

Current Volunteer Opportunities (updated 4/1/2019)

+ Senior Technology Tutor (Bach Branch)

Volunteers will work with a group of seniors to teach basic technology skills, mainly skills focused on Android & Apple phones. The group meets on select Mondays from noon – 1pm.

Culture & Coffee Speaker (Pine Hills Branch)

Volunteers will lead a guided discussion on a topic of their choice. Popular topics have included ones focused on history, politics, &
science. Talks are held on the second Friday of each month from 2 – 3pm. Speakers are needed for April, May, & June.

+ Albany Made Creative Lab (Washington Ave Branch)
Teach Adobe Photoshop and/or Premiere, Tinkercad and/or Blender (3D design programs), or crocheting in our makerspace!
Volunteers will teach a workshop in their area of expertise. Workshops are held 1 – 2 times per month for 1 – 2 hours at a time.  Seeking volunteers who can work Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday evenings.
+ Guitar & Piano Teachers (Howe Branch)
Volunteers will teach either guitar or piano to children & adults.  Schedule will be decided between Howe library staff & the volunteer.
If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please fill out the volunteer application and drop it off to us or email it to the volunteer coordinator at volunteer@albanypubliclibrary.org.