1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Beanstack challenge is now active for ages 0-6!  If you have questions about using Beanstack, email april.spisak@cityofalbany.net

Albany read 4 million minutes!

WE DID IT!  The Albany Public Library reached our goal of reading  4 million minutes!

Thanks to everyone who read during our Summer Reading Program.

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.

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!



Computer Appointments Now Available!

Our computer lab is back in business! Schedule a 2-hour appointment at Main or Carnegie by visiting our calendar or calling 541-917-7580.

Please note both locations are still closed to the public. Appointments are limited and required for access to the computer lab. Other details available in the calendar listing.
Just need to print?  Check out our printing to-go service.

Databases and Resources

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

Donate Materials

You can make a donation of new and gently used materials. By making donations to the Library or the Friends of the Library Bookstore, you are helping support our Library.

The Friends of the Library Bookstore (Main Library):

Monday 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Tuesday Noon-3:00 p.m.
Wednesday 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Thursday Noon – 3:00 p.m.
Friday 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Saturday 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Donations of all types of books are welcome, as well as CDs and DVDs. Bring books to the Main Library or to the Carnegie Library.


FAQ’s For Curbside Pickup 

If you need help with any step of the process, call us at 541-917-7580

How do I schedule an appointment?

When your holds become available, log into your library account to schedule a pickup appointment.  Once in your account, you will see a tab labeled “Curbside Pickup.”  You will only be able to schedule an appointment if you have holds that are currently ready for pickup.    

How do I place holds?

Request materials by using the APL Catalog or by calling 541-917-7580 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 can log into your account to schedule a pickup appointment.  You can no longer schedule appointments in advance.  You must have holds that are currently ready for pickup.   

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

An appointment can be made once you have holds that are ready for pickup.  You can cancel an appointment by logging into your account and clicking the cancel button under the “Curbside Pickup” tab.  Please cancel appointments that you won’t be able to keep.

You do not need to make an appointment for every hold notice.  We will put all of your available 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 available 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 through your account before attempting to use your library card. 

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.


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 541-917-7580, after you have made your appointment.  Also, please look into our new homebound delivery service to see if this is the right option for you. 


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.  Items from Linn Libraries Consortium libraries are available as well.  Items from Linn Libraries Consortium libraries may have different due dates than Albany Public Library materials.  Please keep track of the due dates for your library materials.

We will no longer be including printed receipts with your materials.  You can receive email notices/log into your library account to track the due dates for your library materials.

How do I return materials?

The book drop is OPEN at both locations.  You can return materials 24/7.  If another person is using the book drop, practice social distancing and give them time to clear the area before you approach to return your items. 


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 .

Gardening in the PNW slider

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

Help Us Add New Items

At this time of year we reflect on how thankful we are for community support and donations! Your donations keep our collections fresh and children’s programs relevant.  This year donations will pay for 100% of all items added to the collection and many library programs.

Donate here

Homebound Delivery FAQ



Who is eligible for this delivery service? | ¿Quién califica para este servicio?

· Albany residents living within Albany city limits who have an Albany Public Library account (in good standing).  |  Personas que viven dentro de los límites de la ciudad con una cuenta en buena condición con la Biblioteca Pública de Albany.

· Albany city residents confined to their homes due to illness, injury, disability or limited mobility.  | Los habitantes de Albany confinados a casa debido a una enfermedad, discapacidad o necesidades especiales

· This delivery service is available for a temporary situation or as a long-term arrangement.  | Este servicio de entrega está disponible para un arreglo temporal o a largo plazo.

How do I sign up for this service?  | ¿Cómo me inscribo en este servicio?

· Complete the Homebound Delivery Service Request form online or by telephone (541-917-7580)  |  Complete el formulario del servicio de entrega por teléfono (541-917-7580) o en línea 

· After your application is reviewed, a staff member will contact you to discuss eligibility and your delivery needs.  |  Cuando recibamos su solicitud, un miembro del personal bilingüe se comunicará con usted para discutir su elegibilidad y necesidades de entrega.

What materials can be borrowed?  |  ¿Qué materiales puedo pedir prestados?

All library materials that can normally be checked out and have been placed on hold for you, including books, magazines, audiobooks on CD, DVDs, and music CDs.  |  Todos los materiales de la biblioteca que usted normalmente puede pedir prestado, incluyendo los libros, revistas, audiolibros, películas, y música.

How long can I keep materials that are delivered?  |  ¿Cuánto tiempo puedo tener con los materiales que se entregan?

· Albany Public Library materials will check out for 30 days and will be picked up during the next delivery.  |  Los materiales de la Biblioteca Pública de Albany se retirarán durante 30 días y se recogerán durante la próxima entrega.

· Library materials borrowed from other Linn County Libraries may check out for one to three weeks and have a different due date.  |  Materiales de otras bibliotecas del condado de Linn se pueden retirar durante 1-3 semanas y tienen una fecha de vencimiento diferente.

· You may renew your items following regular guidelines, if there is not a current hold by another person. Renewals are not available for Albany Public Library DVDs and items that normally check out for one week.  |  Puede renovar sus materiales siguiendo pautas regulares, si no hay una reserva actual por parte de otro usuario. No hay renovaciones disponibles para las películas y otros artículos de la Biblioteca Pública de Albany que normalmente se retiran durante una semana.

How do I request materials to be delivered?  |  ¿Cómo pido los títulos para entregar?

Place hold requests on the items you want through our website or call 541-917-7580 to have library staff help you.  | Realice solicitudes de reserve en los artículos que desee a través de nuestro sitio web  al 541-917-7580 para asistencia del personal.

How frequently will library materials be delivered to my home?  | ¿Con qué frecuencia se entregarán los materiales a mi hogar?

Deliveries will be made twice a month.  | Haremos las entregas dos veces por mes.

Who will deliver the library materials?  |  ¿Quién entregará los materiales de a biblioteca?

Library staff will deliver and retrieve the materials at your home.  |  Personal de la biblioteca entregarán y recogerán los materiales.

How will I be notified when a delivery is on the way?  |  ¿Cómo me notificarán cuando una entrega está en camino?

Library staff will call or email you within 24 hours of your delivery date.  |  Un miembro del personal  lo llamará o le enviará un correo electrónico dentro de las 24 horas posteriores a la fecha de entrega.

Do I have to be home when deliveries are made?  |  ¿Tengo que estar en casa para la hora de entrega?

We recommend that you or someone in your family is home to accept delivery. If that is not possible, call library staff to arrange for materials to be left in a secure place.  |  Recomendamos que usted o alguien de su familia esté en casa para aceptar la entrega. Si no es posible, llame a la biblioteca para arreglar que los materiales se dejen en un lugar seguro.

How do I receive materials?  |  ¿Cómo recibo los materiales?

· Materials arrive in sealed, plastic bags and deliveries will be made in a contact-free manner.  |  Los materiales llegan en bolsas de plástico, selladas, sin ningún contacto.

· To keep you and library staff safe, we require that the delivery location can accommodate physical distancing.  |  Para mantenerlo a usted y al personal de la biblioteca seguros, requerimos que el lugar de entrega pueda practicar la distancia física.

How do I return materials?  |  ¿Cómo devuelvo los materiales?

Place library materials back in the delivery bag and close the bag. Leave the bag in the pre-arranged delivery place.  |  Recoja los materiales en la bolsa de plástico de entrega y ciérrela. Deje la bolsa en el lugar de entrega preestablecido.

Are there any fees?  |  ¿Hay algún costo?

· This Homebound Delivery Service is free of charge.  |  Este servicio de entrega a domicilio es gratuito.

· Patrons are responsible for materials delivered through the Homebound Delivery Service. If an item gets lost or damaged while in your care, you would be charged for the replacement cost and processing fee for the item.  |  Los usuarios del servicio son responsables de los materiales entregados.  Si un artículo se pierde o se daña mientras está prestado, se le cobrará el costo de reemplazo y la multa de procesamiento del artículo.

· Patrons will become ineligible for the service if their account falls out of good standing due to fines or replacement fees for lost or damaged materials.  |  Los usuarios dejan de ser elegibles para el servicio si su cuenta deja de estar vigente debido a multas o tarifas de reemplazo por materiales perdidos o dañados.

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

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.

New Art Exhibit and New Library Cards!

The Albany Public Library is excited to announce a new library card design from our very own local artist Melissa Babcock Saylor.

All new card sign ups and card renewals have the chance to update to this fresh and exciting design; if you’d like to switch your current active library card you can drop by any time and get a new card for just $1.00!

The second floor of the main library has a new exhibit of works by Melissa Babcock Saylor.

Stop by the library and see the new exhibit!

New Hours!

Welcome back to the Albany Public Library!


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.

Printing to-go

Need to print something?  We are now offering remote printing that can be picked up during our open service hours or curbside pickup.  Follow this link for instructions on how to upload your documents:

Printing To-Go

próximos eventos

Exploración de libros en español – virtual sobre Zoom

Domingo, el 14 de marzo, 2-3pm

Una exploración virtual en Zoom de la colección de libros en español, incluyendo los libros recién comprados para la biblioteca, y unos de los favoritos títulos de Millie. Usted puede reservar y obtener los títulos mostrados (¡y cualquier otro título!) usando nuestro servicio de recogida en la acera de la biblioteca.



Bingo en español – virtual sobre Zoom

 Domingo, el 28 de marzo, 2-3 pm

Relájese con una tarde divertida de Bingo en línea. Todos son bienvenidos participar. ¿Usted puede ganar el premio?


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!

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 2021 Teen Short Story Contest, Michelle Diaz! Her short story The Tale of Jim North can be read here.

Thank you to all the creatives who submitted a story!

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.

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


Winter Reading Program for All Ages!

Read more and win prizes this season with the Winter Reading Program!

December 1 – January 31

Log in through the Beanstack app to participate online at cityofalbany.beanstack.org, or pick up a paper version from the library.

Main Library

Main Library Hours
Tuesday 10-7
Wednesday 10-4
Thursday 12-6
Friday 12-6
Saturday 1-5
Closed Sunday and Monday

2450 14th Avenue SE

Staff Directory

Carnegie Library

Carnegie Library Hours
Wednesday and Thursday 1-6
Friday and Saturday 10-1
Closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday

302 Ferry Street SW





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