The Library welcomes suggestions for the collection. Patrons with a valid Albany Public Library card may submit purchase requests online. While we would like to be able to accommodate all requests for purchase, we are limited by budget constraints, item availability, and the Library’s policy for collection development.
All new items may be requested within 2 months of publication date.
If the library purchases your request, you will be placed on the Holds list for the item.
In the 2019-2021 biennium city budget, our collection budget – from which we buy the books, DVDs, magazines, newspapers, and more – dropped by 70% in 2019-2020 and by 100% in 2020-2021. Starting in July 2020, no city money is available for purchasing these items. We must rely entirely on fundraising to purchase all library items.
To comment on city budget cuts, contact your city councilors. For more information on the city budget process, visit the City of Albany Budget Committee website.
If you are interested in helping support the library during these difficult budget years, please visit our website’s Support Your Library page to find out how. We appreciate your support!