Library news!

We will no longer charge late fees for children’s books- this includes baby books, picture books, readers, chapter books and fact books.

Credit cards now accepted for lost books!  You can avoid embarrassment and pay for lost books online.  

First, go to your library account and log in- use the full number on your library card, no spaces, and your PIN (which is last 4 digits of your phone number unless you changed it). Click on fines/fees and then select “pay online”.  You can pay with Paypal or a credit card on this encoded site.

Can’t afford to pay? Come talk to us and we will do our best to work it out.


Closing 3 PM Tuesday February 12 due to weather.

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. Notice, some dates have been cancelled, please call ahead to check.

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+

Teen Video Games– Saturday February 16 from 11-2.  Come in to play video games on our big screen!  Ages 13-19.

Red Cross Disaster Training- Wednesday February 20 at 6:30 PM. Be prepared for all kinds of emergencies.  Please sign up for this free class.

Friends of the Library meeting– February 21, 6:30 PM. Looking for new members!  Become an advocate and supporter of our library.

Film Festival– Saturday February 23, 9 AM. Watch Oscar nominated “Ralph Breaks the Internet” here at the Rensselaer Public Library as part of the East Greenbush Library’s Day Before the Awards Film Festival. Everyone who attends must have registered for the event.

Library will be CLOSED February 18. 

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.

Mango Languages Service, free with Library card!

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.