All locations CLOSED on Thursday, Nov. 25, for Thanksgiving. Have a wonderful holiday!

Howe Branch

CURRENT PHASE: HIGH | The following in-person services are suspended at this time: study rooms, meeting rooms, in-person reference assistance, all indoor and select outdoor programs, indoor seating, and restrooms. Book and material returns must be done via interior and exterior book drops. There are capacity restrictions on the number of people who can be in each branch building at one time. | Updated 8/25/21

Core services are available in person during all phases of the pandemic | Pickup and checkout of material; browsing of book, music, movie, reference, and all other collections; computer and internet use; copying, printing, faxing, and scanning documents; and purchasing or replenishing CDTA Navigator bus passes.


Our historic Howe Branch was restored to its original 1929 beauty and grandeur with a major renovation in 2010.  It is the oldest continually operating library in the city of Albany and has been a true resource for the South End neighborhood for almost 90 years.  The extensive renovation included restoring original windows, woodwork, shelving, and benches, and the project garnered two awards: Preservation Merit Award from the Historic Albany Foundation and Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse Merit Award from American Institute of Architects.

The Howe Branch is also a silver LEED-certified building, which means it is energy efficient and sustainably constructed with cost effective “green” systems.  Located just down the street from the Schuyler Mansion, with its expansive views and natural light, and separate spaces, collections, and computers for adults, kids, and teens, our Howe Branch is truly a local attraction.

To get there by bus:

Route 6 – South Pearl St & Morton Ave

Route 7 – South Pearl St & Morton Ave

Route 100 – South Pearl St & Morton Ave

Location Hours:

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

Branch Manager: Tor Loney

105 Schuyler Street Albany NY 12202 518-427-4300 ext. 5 (NEW!)

  • Services
  • Ongoing Programs
  • Off-street parking
  • 16 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
  • Two small-group study rooms
  • Pen in Hand – Weekly creative writing group for adults led by a local college professor
  • Off the Grid – Video gaming for kids/tweens/teens
  • Howe-lers After School Club – Crafts and games for kids & teens
  • Sew What – Community sewing machine sessions, with instruction, for teens & adults
  • Tutoring – Tutors from local colleges and organizations help youth in 1st through 12th grades with homework, test taking or any school subject (by appointment; kids & teens)