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APL Staff Virtual Story Times

Want to listen to a story, or a poem? Our staff is excited to be continuing story times for you to watch from home. You can find our stories, poems, songs, and bilingual stories here.

APL Virtual Book Club

Join us for a virtual book club meeting on Tuesday, July 21 at 7pm to discuss “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett.  E-book and e-audiobook versions are available with no wait times through Library2Go.  Email AskAlbany@cityofalbany.net for virtual meeting login information.


Tuesday, March 17 at noon. The Modern Voices Book Group will be discussing “Becoming”  by Michelle Obama.  In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

Everyone is welcome!  Pick up a copy of the book at the Reference Desk.

Both libraries closed until further notice


  • All checked out items have been renewed.
  • No fines will be charged during this time. 
  • APL cards that were set to expire in March and April are now extended until September 1.
For more information on the coronavirus and other City closures, visit click here.

Check out Libby

Download the Libby app for access to e-books and e-audiobooks!

CloudLibrary offers ebooks and audiobooks you can access at home!

Check out our digital service for ebooks and audiobooks- CloudLibrary!

New titles for all ages!



Consumer Reports Database

You now have access to Consumer Reports with your Albany Public Library card! Consumer Reports is an independent, nonprofit member organization that works side by side with consumers for truth, transparency, and fairness in the marketplace.

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Craft Supply Swap! March 28, 1 – 4 p.m.

Databases and Resources

Looking for something to do?  We have a wide selection of databases for you here.

FAQ’s For Curbside Pickup 

How do I schedule an appointment?

For an appointment before October 12: Visit our scheduling page to make an appointment.

Appointments on or after Monday, October 12Please visit this calendar to schedule a 1-hour window in which to pick-up your holds.

How do I place holds?

Request materials by using the APL Catalog or by calling 541-917-7582 between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

How will I know my hold items are ready for pickup?

You will receive an email or text notification, based on the preference selected in your account. At that time, you will use our online form or call 541-917-7582 to schedule a pickup appointment.

To support social distancing efforts, we are offering curbside pickup only and are operating with limited staff. Staff will fill your holds placed online as quickly as possible; however, some materials requested may not be available and wait times may be longer than usual. Thank you for your patience.

How does the curbside pickup appointment system work? How do I cancel an appointment? How many appointments do I need?

We would prefer that patrons wait to receive notice of “ready for pickup” holds, rather than monitor their account online for hold availability. Due to COVID-19 precautions, holds are not completely ready until you receive notice. An appointment can be made once you have received notice. You can cancel an unneeded appointment by following a link from your appointment confirmation email, or by calling the library at 541-917-7582. Please cancel unneeded appointments to free up space for patrons with “ready for pickup” holds. You do not need to make an appointment for every hold notice that you receive. We will put all of your “ready for pick up” holds in the same bag for a scheduled appointment. If you receive a notice(s) after your pick up, you will need to make an appointment to pick up those newly “ready for pickup” holds.

How many items can I check out?

You can check out up to 10 items at this time.  Your library card must be in good standing.  If you have fines/fees of $15.00 or more, or charges for lost items, please pay online before attempting to use your library card.

Why have my holds disappeared from my holds list prior to my appointment?  Can I place more?

We prepare bags in advance.  If you check your account online before your appointment you will notice that your holds have been checked out to you shortly before your appointment.  This is normal.  You do not need to contact the library to inquire about this.  Please do not place additional holds just before arriving at the library for your appointment, and then ask library staff to get them.  Remember, we would like patrons to limit themselves to 10 items per visit per card.  We also want to respect our own safety precautions and stated procedures.

Can I schedule simultaneous pick-ups for multiple accounts that all live in the same household?

Yes, you can check out 10 items per library card, per household member with a library card.  Library cards must be in good standing (see previous question).

What if I’m early or late for my pickup window?

Early: Your items will not be ready or available until the appointed time.

Late: You will need to reschedule your pickup or  call 541-917-7582. Please do not attempt late pickups by knocking on the door or approaching staff outside of the building.

Can’t you just bend the rules?

No.  Our curbside pickup is an opt-in service.  We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who jeopardizes the safety of staff and/or patrons.  Library staff may modify or suspend the service at any time.

What if I have mobility issues and cannot leave my vehicle?

If you have mobility issues, we can provide an accommodation.  Please request this by calling us at 541-917-7582, after you have made your appointment.

What if I don’t drive or will be walking to the library?

A walk-up area will be designated.  Please schedule your pickup and call us at 541-917-7582 for special instructions.

What materials are available for pickup?

All physical materials currently on the shelf are available, including books, audiobooks, video games, DVDs, etc. The SNES Game kit is not available at this time.  No items from Linn Libraries Consortium libraries are available at this time, unless you have a previously placed hold that has been on the Holds Shelf since the library closure. Please select items from Albany Public library Main and Carnegie locations only.

How do I return materials?

The book drop is OPEN at both locations, you can return materials 24/7.  Please do not leave returned items anywhere other than the book drops. Do not try to hand them to a staff member.  Practice social distancing.  If another person is using the book drop, stay at least 6 feet away from them and give them time to clear the area before you approach to return your items.

What are you doing to protect the safety of patrons and library staff?

The contactless curbside pickup model provides maximum social distancing for the safety of our patrons and our staff. Staff will use cloth face coverings in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Patrons and staff should not approach one another and should respect the need for social distancing. This may feel uncomfortable but is necessary to provide a safe, contactless pickup service. Please remain in your vehicle until the previous patron has departed, and the library staff member bringing your items outside has reentered the building.

Are the books sanitized?

Recently returned items are being quarantined for a period of not less than 72 hours.  This is also why it may take longer than usual for some holds to become available to you.  If you are concerned, you may choose to let your materials sit for up to three days before accessing them at home.

Are you accepting book donations?

If you would like to make a book donation, please contact our Library Resource Coordinator LaRee Dominguez at 541-791-0112 or laree.dominguez@cityofalbany.net .

From the Heart: Author Drawings by Rick Bartow

On display through April 2020 at the main library. The exhibit includes 17 original works on paper that Rick Bartow (1946-2016) donated to the Newport Public Library in 2000, most of which have not been previously exhibited in public.

Bartow, one of the nation’s most prominent contemporary Native American artists, was born in Newport, Oregon. He was a member of the Mad River Band of the Wiyot tribe of Northern California and had close ties with the Siletz community. He graduated in 1969 from Western Oregon University with a degree in secondary arts education and served in the Vietnam War (1969-71).  His work is permanently held in more than 60 public institutions in the United States, including Yale University Art Gallery, CT; Brooklyn Museum, NY; and Peabody Essex Museum, MA. Bartow was the subject of over 100 solo exhibitions at museums and galleries. The Froelick Gallery in Portland has represented Bartow since they opened in 1995 and continues to represent his estate.

Gardening in the PNW

Thursday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. Topic: The Secret Life of Plants!

No matter the weather, it’s a good time to learn gardening tips and tricks. An informal, informative, and fun-no reservation needed program and there is no charge!

Hosted by the OSU Extension Linn County Master Gardeners.

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Gardening in the PNW, March 19 @ 6:30 p.m.

Help Us Add New Items

We know times are difficult for everyone right now, including the library. This year donations will pay for 100% of all items added to the collection.

The Friends of the Library make large donations every year to buy books, movies and pay for the programs we all love. Due to the temporary closure of the Friend’s Book Store and the cancelled June Book Sale, the Friends are asking for your help to keep our library’s collections fresh and relevant.

Donate here

Join us at Story Time!

Join the fun at the Library! Story Times are listed below, in Calendar.

Kids Bingo!

Stay at Home Bingo! Looking for a fun distraction or need some reading inspiration?  Complete activities and reading prompts in squares. Print your bingo card here.

How to play:
Finish 5 in a row horizontally, vertically, or diagonally to get a bingo!
Use the hashtag #APLbingo to post your progress and share what you’re reading. We’ll pick one a week to feature on our social media.

You can use Libby or CloudLibrary to download ebooks and audiobooks with your library card!

Kids Craft Program

Join us on Wednesday, March 4 at 4 p.m. Drop in the children’s room to create hands-on crafts! This month the theme is Flowers.


Lego in the library! March 12 @ 4:30 p.m.

Library Passport Card Update!

Beginning February 1st, APL Passport cards held by Linn Library Consortium members (see list below) will no longer be valid. These patrons will use their home library cards for checkouts from Consortium Libraries, as policies allow. Passport cards from outside the consortium will be unaffected.

Linn Libraries Consortium includes: Albany Public Library (Main & Carnegie), Harrisburg Public Library, LBCC Healthcare Occupations Center LibraryLebanon Public LibraryLinn-Benton Community College LibraryScio Public LibrarySweet Home Public Library

Loan Periods

Item Type Loan Period Item Limit
Books 3 weeks None
7-day books 1 week 5
Children’s books 3 weeks None
741.5 call number books (comics & manga) 3 weeks 5
Magazines 1 week 10
Music CDs 3 weeks 10
Talking books 3 weeks 5
Console games 1 week 2
DVDs & Videos 1 week 10
Puppets 3 weeks 5

Make a Gift

Walk into either Albany Public Library and you’ll see hope.

Your gift will help the library:

  • Give all babies and toddlers an equal chance at literacy
  • Get resources into the hands of all our community members
  • Continue to support the best Summer Reading Program in the state!
  • Keep your collections fresh, relevant, and popular. Next year your donations will pay for 100% of all items added to the collection. This includes the titles you really want; maintaining our eBooks, eAudiobooks and much more.

Give today and help us ensure the library will be here for you now and for generations to come

Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by U.S. Law.

Pay Library Fees Online

Checkout our new online payment feature!  Login to your Library account and securely pay fees and fines with a debit or credit card.

Reading Girl Statue Vandalized

The Library’s marble statue was vandalized on Friday, June 23, 2017, between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.  We know our patrons take great pride in our Library as we do.  We would appreciate any assistance in finding out who committed this act.  If you saw someone vandalizing the statue on the date of the incident, please contact Officer Ken Fandrem at the Albany Police Department.  Contact Officer Fandrem by phone (541) 917-7680 or email ken.fandrem@cityofalbany.net

Saturday Summer Hours at the Carnegie Library

Carnegie Library open Saturdays this summer!

Short Story Contest!

Write out loud! Submit an original short story to our first ever Teen Short Story contest – the winner gets a new Kindle! Using a word processor that works for you, compose a short story no more than 2,500 words. Revise, rewrite, and polish, then upload your saved document here. Submissions will be evaluated after July 31. The winner will be announced August 10th and the winner receives a new Kindle!

-Teens must be in grades 6-12 to enter and must live in the Albany area.
-2,500 word maximum, limit 1 short story per person.
-No photos or illustrations please.
-Work must be original, not previously published, have a title, and be appropriate for a wide audience.
-Work is judged based on style, voice, character, story, and creativity.
-Submissions will be accepted online only between June 1, 2020 – July 31, 2020.
-Email christine.troetschel@cityofalbany.net with any questions.

Story Time on Zoom!

We miss you all, and we’d love to share story time with you. We’ll read stories, sing songs, move our bodies, and hang out together on Zoom until we can meet in person again. Register HERE for sessions each week!  We can’t wait to spend some time with you all. (more…)

Stuck at Home Fun Options

While many of us are home right now, there are still plenty of options for things to do. Here are a few options you might not have seen yet. Stuck at Home links

Teen Reading Recommendations

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Teen Short Story Contest Winner

Congratulations to the winner of our first ever Teen Short Story Contest, Ava Cyrus!  Ava’s story, called ‘Boston’s Friend’, is available to read on the teen page of the library’s website. Ava also wins a new Amazon Kindle!

We’d also like to recognize two honorable mention stories: Elisha Hatfield with ‘The Tails of Tess and Chestnut’, and Michelle Diaz with ‘David the Painter Boy’. Both writers win an Amazon gift card for their work!

Thank you to everyone who submitted this summer and made it a success!





Teen Volunteering!

This summer looks a little different, but there are still opportunities for teens in grades 7 & up who are interested in volunteer credit. If you have volunteered before, check your email for Teen Volunteering correspondence – if you don’t see anything, email our Teen Librarian at christine.troetschel@cityofalbany.net to check that you are on the mailing list.

If you haven’t volunteered before, fill out the Teen Volunteer Application here . You’ll be added to the mailing list and should receive a Welcome Email within a few days that breaks down what volunteering can be done right now, and you’ll get all future emails with new opportunities.

Currently teens can create art to donate to StudentsRebuild, and read & review books for volunteer credit. Volunteer kits will be available later in the summer, as well as some limited in-person opportunities should we be able to accommodate volunteers safely.

Thank You to our Summer Reading Program Donors!

A big thank you to all of our Summer Reading Program Donors!  You helped us give out more than 11,500 books this summer to kids of all ages.  Along with the books, there were fabulous prizes for kids aged 0 – 18, and drawings with great prizes for adults as well.  Thank you for keeping up the reading skills of our community’s children during the summer.  All of the programs are fun and provide a good opportunity for family time.

Thank You Volunteers!

A big Thank You to all of our amazing volunteers! We couldn’t do it with out you.


TumbleBooks’ databases are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! You can read as many books as you want, when you want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads.  Login in using the username and passwords listed below each site and get books instantly! (more…)

Vacation loans

Vacation loan periods may be requested at the time of checkout and they are double the usual loan period. Items that normally check out for one week will be checked out for two weeks, and items that normally check out for three weeks will be checked out for six weeks.

Call or e-mail us for an extended loan – 541-917-7581.

Virtual Read to Dogs!

Wednesdays at 11 a.m.  The R.E.A.D. therapy dogs are great listeners–and reading to dogs helps with literacy & communication skills! Now you can read and interact with the R.E.A.D. dogs from home. Sign up here for your virtual reading time.

Winter Reading BINGO for all ages!

How to play Winter Reading BINGO :

    • Pick up a BINGO card and mark off the spaces as you complete the activities


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