Raffle basket from 2014 book sale.

 Computer tutor time-  Tuesdays from 1-3 PM.  Drop in to have help with your computer, tablet or smart phone, or learn on our lap-top computer.

Anime Club- Meeting for parents of children attending the RPI convention will be held March 7th at 2 PM. Genericon will be the weekend of March 14th.

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Teddy Bear Picnic- Saturday March 14th at 1 PM.  Bring your favorite Teddy Bear, stuffed animal or doll for a fun, picnic-style tea party!  Refreshments served.  Please sign up.  Ages 4-10.

Computer Class: Searching for Information Online- Wednesday, March 18 at 6:30 PM.  Learn how to find accurate information when you search online.  (Taught by Sarah, our Tuesday computer tutor).  Please sign up (we will cancel if we do not get enough people signed up.)

Tax Prep help is available every Wednesday 11-6 until April 15th.

Friends of the Library  meeting Thursday March 19 at 6:30 PM.

Remember even when we’re closed you can access digital books, magazines, audios and movies at

Snow closure policy:  We will be closed if the Rensselaer City School district is closed for bad weather.  If the storm is during a time when the school is already closed, the Library Director will make the decision to close based on road conditions and whether our parking lot has been plowed.  Please call ahead or check our Facebook page if unsure.


Library Catalog Change

The new catalog program, Sierra, will start on Tuesday March 31st for all the libraries in the Upper Hudson Library System.

What’s different?

  • easier to use searching
  • searching will include magazine articles
  • borrow e-books and digital audio-books directly from the catalog
  • text messaging options for library reminders
  • better smart phone and tablet interfaces

We will try to make the transition from our old catalog to our new one as smooth as we can.  You can keep making requests up to March 30, but you might not get the items until April.  On March 30th, we will be mostly offline as we switch over.  If you’ve been thinking about getting a library card, please wait until April.

If you use “my list” on the old system, please email the list to yourself, as it will not transfer over.  (If you haven’t used it, it is like a wish list).  Look over your account when you are able to access it on the new system, and let us know if you see any errors.  If you have any questions or concerns, please call or stop by and we’ll be happy to help.

Please be patient as we make this transition to better service.  Thank you!

2015 Book Sale

Friends of the Rensselaer Library Book Sale

Advanced Sale March 26, 4-8 PM

Friday March 27, 11-8 PM

Saturday March 28 9-12, Bag Sale Noon to 3 PM

Hardcovers, paperbacks, children’s books and more!

Raffle chances for beautiful gift baskets.


Tax Assistance

We have partnered with the NYS Dept of Taxation to help you file both state and federal taxes for free!  If your income was below $60,000 last year you qualify for this terrific program.

Volunteers will be available for appointments on Wednesdays from 11-7, starting February 18th.  There will also be a session on Saturday, February 21 from 11-2.  The volunteers will lead you through an easy-to-follow interview to make sure you file properly and get the credits you deserve.

Call the library at 462-1193 to make an appointment.

Overdrive Magazines

We now have digital magazines available on Overdrive.  To get set up, you need the Nook app.  Detailed instructions are available on Overdrive’s website.

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Unattended Children

As of January first, 2013, the Rensselaer Library Commission has changed our Unattended Child policy.

“Children under the age of 10 may not be in the library without the direct supervision of a person at least 16 years or older.  “

Previously our policy allowed for babysitters aged 13 and up.   The library is not responsible for the supervision of unattended minors.  We will be enforcing this rule for the safety of the children and out of respect for other library users.  Children who are left unattended will be referred to the police.