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 10/28/2019)

Library Assistant

Full-Time Custodial Worker

Application – Custodial Worker

Continuous Recruitment Exams

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 8/29/2019)

+ Chess Instructor (Arbor Hill / West Hill Branch) | Wednesdays, 4 – 5:30pm | Ongoing
The Arbor Hill / West Hill Branch is looking for one skilled chess player to come volunteer at their weekly chess club. The volunteer will help to teach basic chess skills, supervise the group, & play games with patrons.
+ Sewing Instructor (Delaware Branch) | Thursdays, 6 – 8pm | October & December
The Delaware Branch is hosting a sewing class on Thursday evenings in October & December. They are looking for one skilled volunteer to lead the class & assist students. Commit to one month or both.
+ Newspaper Assistance & Archiving (Howe Branch)
The Howe Branch has worked with other local organizations to bring back a historic newspaper, the South End Scene. Volunteers are needed to assist with all aspects of the paper, editing, layouts, writing, etc. A volunteer is also needed to scan old copies of the newspaper into a digital archive. Schedule will be decided between Howe Branch staff & the volunteer.
If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please fill out the volunteer application and drop it off at any APL branch or email it to the volunteer coordinator at volunteer@albanypubliclibrary.org.