Adult Programs & Services
Try out CREATIVEBUG for free arts & crafts classes | Must be an APL cardholder (Albany resident) to use Creativebug
Albany Public Library’s mission is to educate, entertain, and empower our community, and our talented Adult Services librarians extend our mission by creating dynamic and informative programs that support literacy, financial security, entrepreneurship, and the arts.
Our staff can help you find the perfect book; we can also show you how to download a new issue of your favorite magazine at one of our eLibrary help sessions, teach you to sew, or encourage you to try something new like decoupage, 3D printing, or Pilates. We host game nights and social events for adults, and we show our Albany Pride with our local history programs and tours. We also partner with numerous organizations to offer programs that empower adults, like small business start-up workshops, legal and financial consultations, high school equivalency classes, homeowner workshops, and much more!
Below is just a sampling of what we offer all year round at all seven of our neighborhood branches. Check out our online calendar or our latest program guide for the complete schedule and program descriptions!
Arts, Crafts, & Creativity
Book Groups & Literature Discussions
Join us for fiction and nonfiction book discussions and literary events!
The Washington Avenue Branch hosts our longstanding weekly Friends of the Albany Public Library book reviews and author talks. We also host a variety of other literary events throughout the year, so be sure to check our online calendar or program guide for a complete listing!
Computers & Technology
Check out our online calendar to find programs designed to improve your technology skills and understanding.
Schedule an appointment for one-on-one assistance with the basics of using a computer and the Internet, creating resumes, and filling out online job applications. If you have a new eReader or tablet, we can help get you started downloading library eBooks and digital magazines, too.
Job Skills & Career Development
Looking for a new job? Work on your resume or fill out online job applications at any of our branches using our public computers. We also maintain a list of Free Job Search Assistance and Resume Help in the Capital Region. Check out our online calendar for more information & events.
SkillUp Capital Region — This online portal allows job seekers to explore career pathways, view local job postings, register for free online learning, and receive workforce services. Employers can search for qualified candidates, post jobs, and receive in-depth consulting to address hiring and training needs.
High School Equivalency Prep Classes
Do you need to prepare to take your HSE (formerly known as the GED)?
We partner with Capital Region BOCES to provide classes for all students 18 or older who lack a high school diploma and have left school. The program is free and features instruction by a certified teacher in the five required areas of study.
Legal & Financial Resources and Workshops
Legal and financial resources can be hard to come by, so we partner with local organizations to bring them to you for free. These programs include:
- Legal or financial advice
- Credit repair assistance
- Homebuyer workshops & fairs
- Free federal income tax preparation
Programs and workshops are listed in our online calendar and program guide.
- Study & meeting rooms
- Free WiFi
- Public Computers with Microsoft Office & Internet access
- Printing & fax services
- Notary services
- Quiet areas
- Reference services
- eLibrary services for help with downloading eBooks and magazines, conducting research, or exploring local history online