Upper Hudson
Library System
The Upper Hudson Library System (UHLS) is a cooperative association of twenty-nine autonomous public libraries working together to improve library service for the residents of Albany and Rensselaer Counties. UHLS is one of twenty-three public library systems in New York State.

News and Events

Check out the status of the solar array we installed on our building in December 2012.

It gives a lot of information including how much energy is being produced by the array, and what is being saved in environmental impact.

Library Advocacy Day

Please find the schedule for UHLS for our participation in the 2018 Library Advocacy Day here. The date is next Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Note that there is additional information on the schedule related to parking, security, transportation, etc.

The UHLS group (we'll be joined by reps from CDLC and some of the local school library systems) will start off from NYLA's "Base Camp" (LOB 120, same place it was last several years for you "advocacy veterans").

Our group will follow the attached schedule throughout the day and people can feel free to "plug in" to the schedule as best fits their own needs and schedule. If you would like to participate in just the meetings with your electeds, or can just make it in the morning, or just the afternoon, or you just want to attend the rally, etc. that's all just fine, because ... any participation makes a difference and all is sincerely appreciated!

All of NYLA's statewide messaging information and materials are available on the NYLA website here.

UHLS will provide packets as "leave behinds" at each meeting from both UHLS and NYLA. We also encourage member library attendees to bring along any material from their library that they want to share as part of our advocacy message. If your library is participating in the "Real People, Real Dollars" project, please bring along those pictures to share at legislative visits (and don't forget to post them in the NYLA Google Drive folder here).

Please share the attached schedule with anyone in your library community who may be interested in attending Advocacy Day - staff, trustees, friends, patrons, etc. all are welcome. If anyone has questions or concerns about Advocacy Day or the UHLS schedule, please have them contact Tim Burke.

The entire NY Library community thanks you in advance for your participation.

UHLS Libraries Get Mobile App

We've got a brand new way to access library resources! Public libraries in Albany & Rensselaer counties now offer an app called UHLS Mobile, available for free in both Android and Apple app stores.

The app features include the ability to search the UHLS catalog; check the status of a library card account; place physical items (such as books, CDs and DVDs) on hold so they can be picked up at the library; discover and access digitally distributed items like ebooks, audiobooks, and digital magazines; and connect users to other information such as library hours and program calendars. The app even can scan the ISBN barcode of any book to see whether our libraries own a copy of a specific title—and place a request for that book right away. Download UHLS Mobile today and take us with you wherever you go this summer!

Full press release is here.


NYS Senator Hugh T. Farley receives the 2017 William Meredith Advocate Award for his extraordinary efforts on behalf of New York’s libraries.

UHLS honored recently retired NYS Senator Hugh T. Farley, presenting him with the UHLS William Meredith Library Advocate Award.

The full award citation is here.

Upper Hudson Library System Celebrates Public Libraries Making a Difference in Their Communities

Albany, NY (June 15) -- The Upper Hudson Library System held its 56th annual celebration of public library service in Albany and Rensselaer Counties at the Albany Country Club in Voorheesville, NY on Wednesday, June 14. UHLS Board President Tara Ricard said, “The public libraries in Albany and Rensselaer Counties are changing lives every day and the Upper Hudson Library System celebrates this transformative work through our annual dinner and awards program.”

Read the full press release here.

Children’s, tween, and teen programs in UHLS libraries are now more accessible than ever! Libraries in Upper Hudson Library System have pooled their programs in one program calendar, available at http://events-ys.uhls.org/. Users can search by date, location, or age categories.

Public libraries offer scores of activities during summer months to interest kids and teens in reading and help them combat “summer learning loss.” Kids who don’t read much over the summer can lose significant skills and return to school behind their peers. The joint program calendar makes finding a fun, free library event in UHLS libraries for children easy for parents.

  • Access the joint youth services program calendar here.
  • See a list of local public libraries here.
  • More about summer learning loss and libraries here.

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