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

So, you wanna be a Passport Acceptance Facility?

A free UHLS informational workshop

Wednesday, April 17th @ 9:00 - 10:00am
Large Meeting Room

Do you want to offer a great service at your library and generate income? Then come to this informational workshop and learn how you can turn your library, (even small libraries with a small staff) into a Passport Acceptance Agency!

See details here.

Brunswick Community Library

4118 State Highway 2, Troy, NY 12180

Director's Assistant
Hours – Monday-Friday 10-6
Occasional Saturday or after hour program coverage may be requested. Total of 37.5 hours per week.

  • Assists director with paperwork and manages expense receipts.
  • Will go through passport training and process passports during library hours.
  • Helps manage clerical staff.
  • Runs circulation desk. Checks books and laptops in/out.
  • Runs pull list & expired hold list.
  • Answers reference questions and requests materials for patrons.
  • Helps process and catalog new materials.
  • Aids with collection management (weeding old materials & suggestion new materials).
  • Manages rotating collections.
  • Helps shelve books.
  • Maintains displays, posters & flyers.
  • Hosts a weekly children's craft/science activity (STEAM class).
  • Will sub for storytime as needed.
  • Helps at large community events hosted by library.
  • Sends out annual fundraiser acknowledgements.
  • Cleans as needed.

Read the full announcement here.

Brunswick Community Library
4118 State Highway 2, Troy, NY 12180

Library Clerk
Hours: 10-6 every Friday & a few Saturdays per month (7.5-15 hours per week)
Occasional subbing opportunities Monday-Thursday.

  • Checks library materials in and out.
  • Performs basic reference work and requests materials for patrons.
  • Runs pull list & expired hold list.
  • Shelves books and movies.
  • Maintains displays, posters & flyers.
  • Answers phones and helps patrons with questions.
  • Helps at large community events hosted by library.
  • Cleans as needed.

Read the full announcement here.

East Greenbush Community Library seeking enthusiastic and engaging Summer Reading Assistant!

Will assist youth services librarians with implementation of bustling summer reading program (800+ children and teens) from the end of June until mid-August. The summer reading program provides literacy-based activities for youth with various events for all ages.

Tasks performed will include set up and take down of daily programs, preparation of materials required for events, and helping children during activities. Will also assist with teen volunteer management, maintaining book displays, and other duties as assigned. Programs take place both indoors and outdoors!

Read the full announcement here.


Join Us April 11th

If you thought last year was the Greatest Of All Time (G.O.A.T) Teen Service meetup, I hope you're ready for this year's event--it will knock your socks off!

Last year's meetup received such a positive response we are doubling down. Join your teen-serving library colleagues from five states for a FREE day of energizing ideas, problem hacks, and go-to colleagues!

If your job includes a focus on teens, you’re invited!

Read the full announcement here.

The Customer Experience:

A free UHLS Continuing Education Workshop

Thursday, April 25th @ 9:30 –12:30
Guilderland Public Library
Helderberg Meeting Room

Whether you work with adults, youth or anyone who walks in the door, serving the public requires a high level skillset. Please join us for this helpful workshop!

You’ll leave with a better understanding of how to:

  • Improve your customer service
  • Serve difficult patrons
  • Communicate with fellow staff members

Mary Coon, Head of Branches, Albany Public Library
Rebecca Lubin, Head of Branches, Albany Public Library

Contact Hours: 3

Register Online: https://goo.gl/forms/N0RCKajPpRrbMZ7V2

Email Natalie Hurteau for more information:


See the flyer here

Schenectady County Public Library,
Mohawk Valley, Southern Adirondack +
Upper Hudson Library Systems

Adult Program Swap

Calling all Adult Services/Programming librarians! Share your very best program during the Adult Program Swap.

April's meeting theme will be literary programs. Bring us your best book club, author talk, writing program, literary festival, writing contest, open mic, etc.

Register online: https://tinyurl.com/adultprogramswap

Please fill-out and bring with you the swap form so others can learn from your hard work! Spectators welcome too.

Tues, April 16, 2019 | 9:30-11:30 AM
Town of Ballston Community Library
2 Lawnmar Ln, Burnt Hills, NY

See the flyer here

Library Associate
Robert A. Fahr Watervliet Public Library
Part Time 10-20 Hours per week
Job Description

Position Objectives
Under the supervision of the Library Director, the Library Associate performs responsible and varied clerical library services in the circulation of library materials, performs clerical-administrative work, assists patrons in using library services and facilities, and assists with library programs. The Library Associate works as a team player with other associates.

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

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.


NYS Senator Hugh T. Farley receives the 2017 William Meredith Advocate Award for his extraordinary efforts on behalf of New York’s libraries.

UHLS honored recently retired NYS Senator Hugh T. Farley, presenting him with the UHLS William Meredith Library Advocate Award.

The full award citation is here.

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

Albany, NY (June 15) -- The Upper Hudson Library System held its 56th annual celebration of public library service in Albany and Rensselaer Counties at the Albany Country Club in Voorheesville, NY on Wednesday, June 14. 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 dinner and awards program.”

Read the full press release here.

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Last updated: 3/21/2019© Upper Hudson Library System. All rights reserved.