Help Wanted

The Rensselaer Public Library is looking for applicants for the position of part-time Library Aide.  We want someone who is available weekdays, with substitute hours possible. $10/hr. Candidate should have library experience (volunteer experience acceptable) and strong customer service skills.  Library Aide duties include running circulation desk, computer and fax help, shelving, and answering phone.  Please send County Civil Service application to or mail to Rensselaer Public Library, 676 East Street, Rensselaer, NY 12144.

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Look for us!  We will be visiting the Senior Center, V.R. Elementary and Rensselaer Jr/Sr High.

Substance Abuse: What parents need to know Thursday October 13 at 6:30. Join  us to talk about preventing substance abuse in our community and our children.


Author Night: Wednesday October 19, 6:30 PM.  Meet Jack Casey, author of  A parliamentfowls-webParliament of Fowls and other historical novels set in upstate NY.  Refreshments served.



Celebrate Teen Read Week, Oct 9-15, and read for the fun of it!

Read the book, see the movie series Refreshments served.

  • Maze RunnerWeds Oct. 12, 4 PM
  • Paper Towns- Thurs Oct 13, 4 PM
  • 5th Wave– Sat Oct 15, 12:30 PM

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.

Teen time Wednesdays from 4-6 PM. Teen time is for ages 12-18 in our multipurpose room- playing video games, making stuff, talking, having snacks and hanging out.

Friends of the Library Meeting- Thursday, October 20 at 6:30 PM.  We need more members!  Come to the meeting to find out how to help.

Trick or Treat @ the Library- stop in on Monday October 31 between 1-5 PM to get a non-food treat for all those in costume.


To get started with E-books and downloadable audiobooks, download the Overdrive App onto your device.

New Items at the Library

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.

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.