Upper Hudson
Library System
The Upper Hudson Library System (UHLS) is a cooperative association of twenty-nine autonomous public libraries working together to improve library service for the residents of Albany and Rensselaer Counties. UHLS is one of twenty-three public library systems in New York State.

News and Events

Everyone Serves Families with Young Children

Thursday, December 5
9:00 a.m. Check-in begins
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Training

Colonie Town Library

Audience: All library staff

Families with young children are “strategic gold” for libraries. If we deliver excellent service to parents and children in the early years, those families are likely to stay library users and advocates.

How do families with young children experience your library? What can you do, whatever your job, to create a positive experience that will connect families to the library? Learn about:

  • How early brain development impacts later life
  • Managing difficult situations with parents and young children
  • Ways to make your library more welcoming to families

Read the full announcement here.



Across the country and across UHLS, libraries are exploring going fine free. Eliminating charges for late returns impacts people, processes, and budgets. Come benefit from the experience of three UHLS libraries with different approaches, challenges, and results in the move to fine-free.


Albany Public Library - Director Scott Jarzombek

Brunswick Community Library – Director Sara Hopkins

Castleton Public Library – Director Melissa Tacke

Thursday, November 21st at 6:00 p.m.

Check-in and pizza beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Upper Hudson Library System
28 Essex St.
Albany NY, 12206

FREE, and please register at


See the flyer here

Now Hiring

Part-Time Library Clerk

The East Greenbush Community Library is seeking candidates for a part-time library clerk to staff a busy circulation desk.

The ideal candidate will be part of a cohesive circulation team. They will be friendly, service oriented and exhibit tact and courtesy while helping patrons both in person and on the phone. They will have strong oral and written communication skills, the ability to use a cash register and accurately collect fines and fees, be flexible and detail oriented.

Responsibilities: The chosen candidate will perform a variety of tasks helping patrons use the library and its resources, including but not limited to, checking materials in and out, registering new patrons, shelving materials, collecting fees, program registration and maintaining library collections.

Read the full announcement here.

Library Director - Rensselaerville Library, Albany County, NY

The Board of Trustees of the Rensselaerville Library seeks a community-minded, organized and enthusiastic individual for the position of Library Director.

The Rensselaerville Library is an association library that serves the 1,860 residents of the Town of Rensselaerville. It is housed within a charming historic row home in the hamlet of Rensselaerville, a designated state and national historic district located 25 miles southwest of Albany, New York. The library's operating budget of $146,000 is funded by contributions from the Town of Rensselaerville, local school district taxes, fundraisers, and donations from the community. In addition to the director, the library employs four part-time employees: an assistant director, youth services coordinator, and two support staff.

An ideal candidate will be a welcoming person with strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability for effective public engagement and a passion for the importance of libraries in our communities.

Working closely with our supportive Board of Trustees, the Library Director develops policies, engages in long-term planning, creates public relations materials, maintains and enhances our online and social media presence, develops and manages the budget, supervises staff and volunteers, oversees the physical plant, and stays informed of developments in library management.

Read the full announcement here.

Robert A. Fahr Watervliet

Public Library Job Opening

Library Associate

Part Time 10-20 Hours per week

Job Description

Position Objectives

Under the supervision of the Library Director, the Library Associate performs and is responsible for and varied clerical library services. Duties include the circulation of library materials, clerical-administrative work, assisting patrons in using library services, equipment and facilities, and assisting with library programs. The Library Associate works as a team player with coworkers.

Hours: Works a schedule that includes days, evenings and Saturdays.

Typical Duties:

Duties include the following:

  • Provides friendly, high-quality customer service to library patrons.
  • Performs library opening and/or closing tasks.
  • Assists library patrons in use of materials.
  • Assists with operation of public computer terminals.
  • Performs copying, faxing and printing services on an as-needed basis.
  • Responds to requests for information and assistance, or refers inquiries to a professional librarian.
  • Responds to routine questions regarding library rules, hours of operation and location of materials.
  • Charges and discharges library books, materials, and equipment.
  • Inspects returned books, materials and equipment for damage.
  • Follows prescribed routine in receiving compensation for overdue, damaged or lost library items.
  • Sorts and shelves materials.
  • Maintains the book sale area in orderly condition as necessary.
  • Assists new patrons in applying for library membership and processes new patron registrations.
  • Assists with library programs.
  • Oversees the general condition and appeal of the library and its displays.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: H.S. Diploma or GED.

Preferred Qualifications: Associates Degree, previous public library work experience

Starting Wage: Hourly, starting a Minimum Wage

Application Deadline: 5 p.m. Friday, October 18 2019

To Apply: Email resume and three references to: director@watervlietpubliclibrary.org

Upper Hudson Library System Celebrates Public Libraries Making a Difference in Their Communities

Albany, NY (June 13) -- The Upper Hudson Library System held its 58th annual celebration of public library service in Albany and Rensselaer Counties at the Holiday Inn Express in Latham, NY on Wednesday, June 12. UHLS Board President Tara Ricard said, “The public libraries in Albany and Rensselaer Counties are changing lives every day and the Upper Hudson Library System celebrates this transformative work through our annual celebration and awards program.”

Read the full announcement here.

Recently graduated Librarian?
Experienced library worker needing extra money?

Help Wanted: Part-time Library Aide: Rensselaer Public Library

Gain valuable experience in all aspects of running the circulation and reference department several Saturdays a month. Opportunity for more hours as a substitute for both scheduled and sick leave replacement. Can gain experience in designing and running events, creating displays, innovation in service and procedures, and outreach to the community.

To apply, please complete a Rensselaer County Civil Service form and send it (fax, email, in person) to Jane Chirgwin, Rensselaer Public Library, 676 East Street, Rensselaer NY 12144. Fax #518-462-2819, email: notices@rensselaerlibrary.org


Part-time bookkeeper with proficiency in QuickBooks and other commonly used accounting tools. Applicant should have a minimum of two years of experience with QuickBooks and be familiar with fund accounting, budgeting and the workings of a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Knowledge of public library operations a plus. Approximately 3-4 hours per week for duties such as regular billing, preparation of materials for board meetings and attendance (as requested) at library committee and board meetings, and annual budget planning sessions.

Please send resume, three references and required hourly wage by October 19, 2018 to the attention of Library Board President Christine Carpenter via email to altm_search@uhls.org or via USPS to Altamont Free Library, P.O. Box 662, Altamont, NY 12009.

UHLS Libraries Get Mobile App

We've got a brand new way to access library resources! Public libraries in Albany & Rensselaer counties now offer an app called UHLS Mobile, available for free in both Android and Apple app stores.

The app features include the ability to search the UHLS catalog; check the status of a library card account; place physical items (such as books, CDs and DVDs) on hold so they can be picked up at the library; discover and access digitally distributed items like ebooks, audiobooks, and digital magazines; and connect users to other information such as library hours and program calendars. The app even can scan the ISBN barcode of any book to see whether our libraries own a copy of a specific title—and place a request for that book right away. Download UHLS Mobile today and take us with you wherever you go this summer!

Full press release is here.

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Last updated: 11/18/2019© Upper Hudson Library System. All rights reserved.