About the Library

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 Frequently Asked Questions

The Rensselaer Public Library has been around since before the city was founded (as the Bath-on-Hudson library). It received its absolute charter in 1904.  The library has been in many locations, including school #2 and Broadway. It moved into our current location on East street in November of 2009.

Library Director: Jane Chirgwin

Library Board:

  • Johanna Burnham, Chair
  • Amanda Ahlemeyer
  • Mary Lou Knox
  • Annette Sebuyira
  • Tobi Freebern

The Library Board meets the first Monday of every month (barring holidays) at 7 PM.  The meeting is open to the public.

Board meeting Minutes.

The Friends of the Library are looking for members.  Please call the library or check our online calendar for the next meeting time.

Job openings:

Library Aide:

(Continuous call for application)

Duties include shelving, running the check-out desk, helping patrons with the computer and copier, and answering the phone.  Candidate must have computer skills, strong customer service skills, work well with children, and understand the Dewey Decimal system.

If you would like to apply for a job at our library, please fill out a Rensselaer County Civil Service application.  

Library Policies

RPL plan 2020

Local History section:

Historical holdings at Rensselaer Public Library (Listed by Title, author, date and publishing info.)

A look at Metroland: A New Guide to Its History and Heritage. By Robert M. Toole 1976. Saratoga Springs, NY12866 R. M. Toole Landscape architects.
{Reference only}

Cosmopolitan: The Oracle of Rensselaer High. February, 1933. Rensselaer, NY. Rensselaer High School. Vol.13. No. 2 {Reference only}

History of Greenbush East Greenbush & North Greenbush. 1880. by Nathaniel Bartlett Sylvester. Philadelphia. Evert’s & Peck. {Reference only}

Looking Back: A History of Troy and Rensselaer County.by Joseph Parker. 1982.
Troy, NY & Rensselaer, NY. Alcar Printing Co. & Hamilton Printing Co.
{Reference only}

Rensselaer New York Then and Now: A Pictorial Journey. By Ernie Mann & Bill Schilling1996. Rensselaer, NY. Rensselaer Centennial Committee.
{Reference only}

Troy and Rensselaer County (?)New York. By Rutherford Hayner. 1925. New York & Chicago. Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc. vol. 1,2,&3
{Reference only}

Bath- On -The -Hudson: The Early Years. (Yankee Doodle series) by J.M. Fraser,f.t. Thompson H.M. Whish.1974. Rensselaer NY

Bath-on-the-Hudson–the Early Years: (“and Yankee Doodle” Series); One of a Number of Historical Collections of F. T. Tompson, H. M. Whish, and J. M. Fraser, Concerning the City of
Rensselaer, New York and Dedicated to the City of Rensselaer Historical Society
{Reference only}

East Albany and Beyond (and “Yankee Doodle “Series) by J. M. Fraser. 1975. Rensselaer NY
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