Posted By on May 29, 2018

Become a 36er! Join the Library expedition! 

Start today by visiting us to get a map. The expedition competition will run until November 30th.  Can you reach all 36 libraries by then?



Computer Help-  Tuesdays from 1-3 PM  Thursday evenings, 5:30-7 PM. Drop in to have help with your computer, tablet or smart phone, or learn on our lap-top computer.

Pre-K Story Time: Tuesdays at 11 AM. Ages 2-5, no sign-up needed.

Anime Club: Thursdays 5-7 PM. Love anime, manga and pop culture? Join our club! Ages 13+

Local Author Night:

Wednesday, November 14 at 6:30 PM. Meet local authors, learn about their books and discuss writing. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Rensselaer Library.
Sandra D. James- “Should I Hold On”
Ernie Mann- “Railroads of Rensselaer”
J. E. Kross- “The Crossings” (with D.J. Milne)
Charles Moore- “Path to Progress: Innovative Solutions for Growth, Prosperity and Security”
Barry Cavanaugh- “Tree Trolls and Their Secret Gifts”

Gingerbread House Contest:Accepting entries between November 26 and December 15th.  See rules for details.

Weather Policy: if the Rensselaer City school district is closed due to weather, so are we.
If it is not a school day, the Library Director makes a decision based on road conditions, clear parking lots and safety, so please call ahead before visiting if you are unsure if we are open. We will post closings online.

Your Library Account

Posted By on January 28, 2013




To get started with E-books and downloadable audiobooks, download the Overdrive App onto your device. Problems?  Just ask us!

Help Wanted

Posted By on October 9, 2018

Library Aide, part-time. Duties include running circulation/reference desk, shelving, assistance with computers and Working 2-3 Saturdays a month on a set schedule with opportunity for substitute hours as needed. Recent library experience needed, knowledge of the Sierra Catalog system preferred. Please complete a County Civil Service application and send to Rensselaer Public Library, 676 East St, Rensselaer NY 12144.


Online Resources

Posted By on December 21, 2016


Flipster- online magazines for free!

Posted By on December 13, 2016


flipsteripadNow available!

Instant access to magazines you know and love in an easy-to-read digital format.

All you need is your library card!

Click HERE to start.




Mango Languages Service, free with Library card!

Posted By on December 9, 2016

Learn a new language!

Mango Languages are now available for free through the Upper Hudson Library System!  This is an easy to use, self-paced system for over 70 languages you can access on your computer or on your smartphone (Android and Apple). They have classes for English learners too! You will need your library card to access this from

Please let us know if you need assistance with this new app.

New Items at the Library

Posted By on October 27, 2015

We now have a way of showing items that have been recently added to our collection in the past 30 days.  If you are looking for an item that we don’t have, please contact us- we can help you get it from another library, or possibly purchase it for our library.

Click here to see new items.

Unattended Children

Posted By on January 2, 2013

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.