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.

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Check out the status of the solar array we installed on our building in December 2012.

It gives a lot of information including how much energy is being produced by the array, and what is being saved in environmental impact.

Libraries ask for your book donations for kids in the U.S. Virgin Islands!

Public libraries throughout Albany and Rensselaer counties are asking for the public’s help in collecting new or gently used books for children in the United States Virgin Islands who lost nearly everything as a result of Hurricanes Maria and Irma. Books of all types for kids from infants through high school are welcomed. Donations to cover shipping costs are also welcomed.

Read the full announcement here.


Voorheesville Public Library is seeking a temporary part time Librarian I beginning the first week of January 2018-February 2018. The position is approximately 15 hours weekly. This includes 3 shifts at the information desk with at least one of them being a closing shift as well as a weekend rotation. Depending on library needs additional time may be available.
If you are interested in applying or have further questions please contact Assistant Director, Tracey Pause at 518-765-2791 or tracey.pause@voorheesvillelibrary.org by 11/28/17.

Job Opening: Community Relations Coordinator - East Greenbush Community Library

Are you creative, passionate, organized, and diplomatic? We’re looking for bright, new talent to develop and implement all marketing and promotional strategies for the East Greenbush Community Library; a gathering center where all people can come to enrich their lives, be inspired, and discover anything they might want to learn.

The community relations coordinator is a member of the senior management team and works closely with the Director to develop an annual plan of library marketing objectives and activities for community relations and participates in library-wide planning and decision making, and website management.

Event planning and effective communication is a must! You will work closely with the Director and approximately 30+ staff members to plan and implement special promotions and events. As community relations coordinator, you will serve as the liaison to the Friends of the East Greenbush Community Library and assist with fundraising and special event planning.

Read the full announcement here.

Adult Services Librarian (Librarian I)

The East Greenbush Community Library is seeking a dynamic, community-focused individual who is technologically savvy, and works well in a team environment. Equally comfortable providing enthusiastic public service as well as managing library collections. The successful applicant will be engaged and possess a community focused “How can I make this happen” approach. Also required: a superior knowledge of library and technology trends, coupled with excellent reference, readers advisory, technology instruction, collection management skills, and flexibility to embrace new projects and assignments.

Read the full announcement here.

Job Opening: Library Aide, Castleton Public Library (Part-Time)

The Castleton Public Library is seeking a part-time Library Aide for approximately 16 hours per week, with a varying schedule that includes weekday afternoons/evenings and occasional Saturdays. Duties include helping customers at the check-out desk, shelving library materials, operating the copier and fax machine, performing routine clerical tasks, and answering the telephone. The ideal candidate for the position has strong customer service skills and basic computer skills. Prior library experience is preferred, but not required. Pay for the position is $10.50 per hour. Send a letter describing relevant experience, along with a Rensselaer County employment application, to Castleton Public Library, 85 S. Main Street, Castleton, NY 12033, Attn: Melissa Tacke, or send as PDF via email to director@castletonpubliclibrary.org (The Rensselaer County employment application is available here). Applications must be received by Monday, August 14.

Read the full announcement here.


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.

Children’s, tween, and teen programs in UHLS libraries are now more accessible than ever! Libraries in Upper Hudson Library System have pooled their programs in one program calendar, available at http://events-ys.uhls.org/. Users can search by date, location, or age categories.

Public libraries offer scores of activities during summer months to interest kids and teens in reading and help them combat “summer learning loss.” Kids who don’t read much over the summer can lose significant skills and return to school behind their peers. The joint program calendar makes finding a fun, free library event in UHLS libraries for children easy for parents.

  • Access the joint youth services program calendar here.
  • See a list of local public libraries here.
  • More about summer learning loss and libraries here.

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