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Help Us Keep the Free Tax Program Going at APL

September 13, 2018 | Library News

One of the most popular and valuable services provided at the library is the free income tax preparation program. Every year more than 1,500 people get their taxes prepared for free at our Albany libraries with each of them receiving an average tax return of about $1,500. This year, we need your h...

Albany Public Library will extend hours at three branches on Thursdays starting on Sept. 6. The decision to expand service hours was made by the APL Board of Trustees at its July meeting. “The number one request I hear is for more hours at our locations,” said APL Executive Director Scott C. Ja...

Library Commits to North Albany Branch

July 3, 2018 | Library News

Albany Public Library has committed to maintaining service at the North Albany Branch through a resolution at the June APL Board of Trustees meeting. The resolution, which was approved unanimously, states that the North Albany Branch will “remain open at its current location” and the board’s ...

Interested in Albany's historic and beautiful buildings? Take a self-guided tour of one of the city's architecturally significant neighborhoods this summer as mapped out in the book Albany Architecture. The book is available to borrow from the Washington Ave. Branch. The book's walking tours inclu...

Summer Reading Starts June 23

June 14, 2018 | Youth Services

School is (almost) out and summer reading is in at Albany Public Library. From June 23 to Aug. 30, APL encourages kids and teens to read by providing prizes and hosting special activities. Librarians and educators have long encouraged kids to read every day during the summer, even if it’s just fo...

Voters Approve 2019 Library Budget

May 15, 2018 | Library News

Albany city residents voted today, May 15, to approve a 2.0 percent increase in the annual tax levy to support the Albany Public Library. The 2019 budget passed with a final vote of 2,385 to 846, which is an approval of 74 percent.   The approved 2019 library operating tax levy is $7,153,022....