F.A.Q.


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Does the library close for inclement weather?

All Programming at the library will follow local school district decisions about closings and cancellations. Please check your local news station for up to date information.
SCHOOL DELAYS: If North or South Colonie Schools are delayed due to inclement weather, all morning programs will be cancelled.
EARLY DISMISSALS: If North or South Colonie Schools dismiss students early or cancel after school programs due to inclement weather, afternoon and evening programs will be cancelled.
SCHOOL CLOSINGS: If North or South Colonie Schools are closed due to inclement weather, all morning, afternoon and evening programs will be cancelled.

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How can I get a library card?

Residents of Albany or Rensselaer County are eligible for a free library card. People residing outside of Albany or Rensselaer Counties will be charged $25.00 per year per family. When applying, please bring identification bearing your signature and permanent address. Patrons will be asked to fill out an application with their name, address, home and business phone numbers, and date of birth. Children’s applications must be signed by the child and a parent (or guardian) with a valid library card.  MORE INFORMATION

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Can I use my library card to borrow materials from other libraries?

Your card may be used to borrow materials from any library in the Upper Hudson Library System. You may borrow items in person, or you can request items via the online catalog and have them delivered to your home library.

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Who buys the books for the library?

Buying books for the library is a group effort. Each librarian has a subject specialty area. If you would like to recommend an item for purchase, please call the library at 518-458-9274 or complete this FORM.

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Can you help me find a book you do not own?

Books from other libraries are often available. If you need an item which is not listed in our catalog, ask at the Information desk. Retrieval time will vary based on the response of other libraries. In some cases we will purchase the needed item or reach out to a library outside our system INTERLIBRARY LOAN).

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How long do materials circulate?

New Release Fiction – 14 days
General Fiction and Non-Fiction Items -28 Days
DVDs – 7 Days
Audiobooks – 28 Days
Magazines – 14 days
Music CDs – 14 Days
Museum Passes – 3 days

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Who do I call about an overdue item?

Please call the Circulation Department at 518-810-0319 for assistance with overdue items.

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Do you charge for overdue materials?

Yes, fees are as follows:
Most materials – 25¢ per day
DVDs– $1.00 per day
Interlibrary Loan – 25¢ per day
Non-Returned materials – Replacement cost plus a processing fee per item

MAXIMUM late fee is $5.00 PER ITEM. An additional processing fee may be imposed on excessively overdue materials.

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Can I renew books without having to bring them to the library?

Yes, this can be done by calling 518-458-9274, as long as the item is not overdue and no one has placed it on reserve. You can also renew materials via our ONLINE CATALOG .

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Can I leave my children at the library?

In keeping with our concern for the safety of minors, our library board of trustees has instituted a policy for those minors left unattended at the library during the day. For the protection of preschool children, a parent, guardian, or authorized caregiver (for example, nanny, au pair, child care professional) must stay with any preschool child anywhere on library property. An older sibling or peer is not considered an authorized caregiver. We are also concerned about the safety of those minors who have started school, but who are still under age 18. Should we need to contact a parent or guardian or authorized caregiver for any reason, and if they are not on site or cannot be reached, we will notify the police. The same holds true with any preschool child left unattended on library property. As always, should you have any questions about this policy or any other policy, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Our policy also states that if a minor is left outside the building after closing, a library staff member will make sure the minor has called for a ride. The staff member will wait with the minor for a maximum of 15 minutes, then, if the minor has not been picked up, staff is required to notify the police.

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Where can I find a tutor for my child?

We do not maintain a list of tutors. We suggest you contact your local school district offices.

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Do you accept donations?

Yes, if the items are in good condition we will accept a maximum of 2 boxes. Items that cannot be added to the collection will be put on the book sale table. All donated items should be brought to the staff entrance at the back of the library. If no one is available when you ring the doorbell, please bring the donations to the Circulation Desk. Call the library at 518-458-9274 if you need assistance bringing the books inside.  GUIDELINES

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What do I need to do to present a program at the library?

Please refer to the MEETING & PROGRAM SPACES page for more information and the application. You may also contact Greg Rucinski in the Outreach/Programs office by calling the library at 518-458-9274.

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What can you tell me about the art displays at your library?

Local artists present a different EXHIBIT each month. A price list is available in the Stedman Room for each exhibit. Artists interested in scheduling a show should contact Greg Rucinski in the Outreach/Programs office by calling the library at 518-458-9274.

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Does the library engage in social media?

Yes. The library currently posts information and interacts with patrons and users on Facebook.  SOCIAL MEDIA GUIDELINES

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