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 7/23/20)

Full-Time Custodial Worker — Application (New 7/23/20)

Librarian I

Library Assistant

Library Clerk

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, and 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.

While we sometimes have specific events and programs for which we need assistance, we largely recruit volunteers with specific skills. Volunteers are not asked to do tasks that our staff perform, such as shelving books, leading storytimes, or doing building maintenance. 
Skills we are currently looking for in volunteers:
  • Resume writing
  • Job searching and job application assistance
  • Computer skills (all levels)
  • Crafting skills, especially knitting, crocheting, and photography
  • Musical instrument skills, especially guitar and piano
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