Pine Hills Branch
Albany Public Library has served the Pine Hills neighborhood from various locations since 1900, but our current branch is a cheerful, golden-bricked, two-story building that was once home to the New York Telephone company. Its 2009 renovation was recognized by the American Institute of Architects for its historic preservation and adaptive reuse. It is also a silver LEED-certified building, which means it is energy efficient and sustainably constructed with cost effective “green” systems.
With beautiful, light-filled common areas and reading nooks, a professionally curated art exhibition, and separate collections, spaces, and computers for adults, kids, and teens, the Pine Hills Branch has truly become an anchor in the upper Madison business district.
This branch also participates in the Community Court Action Program.
To get there by bus:
Route 763 – Madison Ave & South Allen St
Route 138 – South Allen St & Madison Ave
Route 114 – Western Ave & North Allen St
Route 10 – Western Ave & North Pine Ave
Route 11 – Western Ave & North Pine Ave
Tuesday 10 am-6 pm
Wednesday 12-8 pm
Thursday 10 am-6 pm
Friday 12-6 pm
Branch Manager: Kate Smith
517 Western Avenue Albany NY 12203 518-427-4300 ext. 7
- Special Collections
- Ongoing Programs
- 24 public access computers
- Printing: Black & white ($0.10/page) and color ($0.15/page)
- Copying: Black & white ($0.10/page) and color ($0.15/page)
- Scanning ($0.25/job)
- Faxing: Sending only; no receiving ($0.50/page)
- CDTA Navigator card services
- Free Wi-Fi
- Free notary service (call for schedule; photo ID required)
- Two community meeting rooms
- Three small-group study rooms
Art at APL
Art at APL is a juried fine arts exhibition at our Pine Hills Branch, and it is dedicated to showcasing the work of contemporary artists connected to the Capital Region. By integrating artwork into public spaces within the library, Art at APL gives you something beautiful to look at while you browse our collections.
Chinese Book Collection
This collection has 2,700 items including both fiction and nonfiction and materials for children and adults. We even have Chinese language magazines at the Pine Hills Branch. Our eLibrary has more than 100 Chinese language titles, too. All are available to borrow with your library card.