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

Important!

Check here for the current status (hours, services available, etc.) of all UHLS member libraries. Because every library is following its own local safe reopening plan and schedule, PLEASE be sure to contact your library before visiting. (updated often)


UHLS Statement Condemning Racism
and Pledge to Help Make a Difference


The Upper Hudson Library System (UHLS) unequivocally denounces racism and endorses the
statements made by the New York Library Association (NYLA) and the New York Black Librarians Caucus (NYBLC), the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), the American Library Association (ALA), and all other library allies in their condemnation of violence and racism towards Black people and all people of color.

Acts of racism, violence, and injustice toward one another, particularly toward our communities
of color, are a stark reminder that we must all do our personal best to make our own Upper
Hudson Library System community fair, inclusive, and just. UHLS’ fundamental mission is and
has always been to help our member libraries reach their full potential in providing the most
equitable and positively impactful library service to their communities. A thriving and equitable
public library community benefits us all. To that end, we pledge our resources, creativity, and
our sustained effort to help build true racial and social justice throughout our community.

UHLS Board of Trustees and Executive Director
July 8, 2020


UHLS Information for Library Users

Please check here for regularly updated information for UHLS library users during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes library account information and online resource lists and links.

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UHLS Information for Member Libraries

Please check here for regularly updated information for UHLS member libraries (directors and staff) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes a wide variety of information and links to support member library efforts and activities.

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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.



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Last updated: 7/9/2020© Upper Hudson Library System. All rights reserved.