Friends of the Albany Public Library

Friends of the Albany Public Library

In 1941, the Friends of the Albany Public Library was established to provide funds for programs and equipment not covered by the City budget. As the services offered by the Library continue to increase, the support of the Friends becomes ever more important.  For more information contact us at

Make a donation to the Friends or pay your membership dues.

Help us keep your collection fresh, relevant, and popular. This 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.

Continue to support the best Summer Reading Program in the state!  In 2022 we gave out reading prizes and more than 9,000 new books to children in our community. Next summer our goal is to give 10,000 new books to children in our community, plus fantastic prizes from local businesses.


Friends of the Library Book Store Hours at the Main Library

The Friend’s Book Store is open!

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The Friends of the Albany Public Library serves a vast range of individuals with unique experiences and characteristics. We affirm that the Friends of the Library serves everyone in our community. We encourage an inclusive environment that promotes freedom of speech in conjunction with policies that protect patrons, volunteers and library staff of all gender, national origin, ethnicity, religion, race, sexual orientation, disability, income level, age and all other personal, social, cultural and economic perspectives.


 Programs at Noon

Friday, October 14 – Mid-Valley Hikes, presented by Tom Holling

December 9 – “Christmas on a Small Island”–  stories and narrative poetry from Scotland, the Yorkshire Dales, and Wales.” Music by the Loose Flagstones.

January 13 – Award-winning Oregon author Lauren Kessler will speak on her book Free: Two Years, Six Lives and the Long Journey Home

February 10 – “Oregon’s Island in the Sky: The Geological Story of Marys Peak,” Dr. Bob Lillie, OSU geology professor emeritus.

April 14 – Oregon author and musician Cliff Feldman will talk about his book Deadman Rocking.

May 12 – “Recycling Now in Albany” presented by Republic Services.

All programs begin at noon in the library meeting room. Coffee/Tea and cookies will be served.

Become a Friend of Albany Public Library

April is membership month

  • To join the Friends, please stop by the Bookstore, or pick up a brochure at either Library. Please make checks payable to: FRIENDS OF THE ALBANY PUBLIC LIBRARY.  Mail to 2450 14th Ave. SE, Albany, OR, 97322-6880
  • For a downloadable membership form, click here.


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Fundraiser  March 2, 2024

Library Uncorked benefits Children’s Literacy programming and materials.  YOU can help keep Albany’s Public Library the best in the state! With your help, the library has given away nearly 20,000 new books to kids in our community over the past two years. Your donations help keep kids engaged and reading all summer!

  • Donate online
  • Drop off a donation in person to the Main or the Carnegie Library




BOOK SALE!  in the Main Library Meeting Room

Friday, June 2   11am – 7pm

Saturday, June 3   10am – 5pm


Activities Sponsored

  • Noon programs the second Friday of each month, September-May
  • Summer Reading Programs for children, young adults and adults, June-August
  • Annual Used Book Sales
  • Library Uncorked
  • Author’s Day in April
  • Adult DIY classes at the Library
  • Bookpage, monthly newsletter available at the Library.

 Fund-Raising Activities

  • Used books for sale at both Library branches. All types of books welcome, including CD’s and DVD’s
  • Books for sale online at abebooks
  • Book donations can be made at the Friends Book Store at the Main Library
  • Library Uncorked, wine/beer tasting and silent auction to support children’s literacy


Find out how to double your donation and receive a tax credit by donating to the Friends of the Albany Public Library and Oregon Cultural Trust!

Main Library

Main Library Hours
Tuesday 10-7
Wednesday 10-6
Thursday 10-6
Friday 10-6
Saturday 11-5
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





Albany Library Foundation
City of Albany, Oregon
Friends of the APL
Library Board
Linn Genealogical Society

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