Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch

CURRENT PHASE: HIGH | (Updated 12/14/21)

  • The following in-person services are suspended: meeting rooms, all indoor and outdoor programs.
  • Indoor seating is allowed with social distancing in place.
  • Study rooms may be used with the following requirements: maximum of two people per study room at a time, the door will stay open for airflow, and masks must be worn.
  • Book and material returns must be done via interior and exterior book drops.
  • All other services are available, including: browsing, pickup and checkout of materials, computer use, purchasing/replenishing CDTA Navigator bus passes, printing/copying/faxing/scanning, and reference assistance.
  • Everyone, over age 2, must continue to wear a mask in all library buildings. 

OPEN ON SUNDAYS | The Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch is open on Sundays from 1 pm to 5 pm during the months of September through June.


Our Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch was newly built in 2010, and its striking contemporary profile stands as a beacon to this historic neighborhood.  It is the first-ever library to serve West Hill, and the first in almost 50 years to serve Arbor Hill.

Honored with the 2011 New York Library Association Outstanding Public Library Building Award, this 12,000-square-foot branch features a soaring front atrium with floor-to-ceiling windows and views of the neighborhood, and a beautiful interior garden.  This branch is a silver LEED-certified building, which means it is energy efficient and sustainably constructed with cost effective “green” systems.  With separate spaces, collections, and computers for adults, kids, and teens, our Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch is the place to be!


To get there by bus:

Route 182 – Henry Johnson Blvd & 1st St

Route 737 – Henry Johnson Blvd & 1st St

Route 100 – Livingston Ave & Henry Johnson Blvd

Route 138 – Livingston Ave & Henry Johnson Blvd

Route 125 – Clinton Ave & Lark St

Location Hours:

Monday 10 am-6 pm
Tuesday 12-8 pm
Wednesday 10 am-6 pm
Thursday 12-8 pm
Friday 12-6 pm
Saturday 12-5 pm 
Sunday 1-5 pm

Branch Manager: Alexandra Bernat

148 Henry Johnson Boulevard Albany NY 12210 518-427-4300 ext. 2

  • Services
  • Ongoing Programs
  • Off-street parking
  • 24 public access computers
  • Black & white printer ($0.10/page)
  • Black & white photocopier ($0.10/page)
  • Color photocopier ($.50/page)
  • Scanner — coming soon
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Faxing:
    • Domestic: $1.75 for first page + $1 for each additional page
    • International: $3.50 for first page + $3 for each additional page
    • Sending only; no receiving
  • Two community meeting rooms
  • Three small group study rooms

Due to the ongoing pandemic, programs are currently being offered virtually. See the events calendar for upcoming programs.