All branches CLOSED on Monday, Sept. 25, for Yom Kippur. Regular hours resume on Tuesday.


As a governmental institution, most of our job opportunities are civil service positions through the City of Albany and the New York State Retirement System. Our union employees are 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.  Visit the City of Albany’s Civil Service Employment Portal to learn more.

Current Openings

JOB APPLICATION (for all positions)

Continuous Recruitment Exams

Exams for Librarian I, Library Assistant, and Library Clerk are all “continuous recruitment,” meaning you can take these exams anytime, at no cost. Once your exam is graded by civil service, you will be given a score and placed on the eligible list. The list determines who we can interview and/or hire.

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

Intern with us

Digital Navigators are paid interns who assist library patrons with computer tasks like creating an email account or filling out an online form. Digital Navigators work under the supervision of library staff. We are planning to expand our Digital Navigator internship program in 2024. If you are interested in learning more, send an email with “Digital Navigator” in the subject line to APL’s Head of Community Engagement, Rebecca Lubin (

Volunteer with the Friends and Foundation of APL

The Friends and Foundation of Albany Public Library are always looking for volunteers to assist with a variety of activities and events. Visit to learn more!