The Library will be CLOSED May 23 and 25 for Memorial weekend.


My Life as a Geek- Saturday, May 30th at 1 PM.  Guests talk about their experiences growing up and where they are now.

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.

Friends of the Library  meeting Thursday May 21 at 6:30 PM.

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


City of Rensselaer Water Report

City of Rensselaer 2015

City Water Report

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.

Look over your account 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!

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.