Schedule reminder: ALL branches CLOSED Saturday-Monday, 5/25-27.

Howe Branch

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 close to 100 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 10 am-5 pm
Sunday Closed
2024 Schedule of Service | Includes holiday hours and closures | Updated 2/14/24


105 Schuyler Street Albany NY 12202 518-427-4300 ext. 5

  • Services
  • Ongoing Programs
  • Off-street parking
  • 16 public access computers
  • Printing: Black & white ($0.10/page) and color ($0.15/page)
  • Copying: Black & white ($0.10/page) 
  • Scanning (free)
  • Faxing: Sending only; no receiving ($0.50/page)
  • CDTA Navigator card services
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • One community meeting room
  • Two small-group study rooms