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 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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Library Director, Robert A. Fahr Watervliet Public Library, Watervliet NY

The Robert A. Fahr Watervliet Public Library is seeking an energetic and creative leader with a strong commitment to public library service for the position of Library Director to continue growth and maximize the positive impact the library has in the community.

A municipal public library serving a user population of approximately 10,000, the Library is governed by a seven-member board of trustees. In 2015 the Library opened a fully renovated and expanded 3,700 sq. ft. facility that boasts a dedicated space for youth collections and services, an adult reading room, and a digital learning center. With the newly renovated facilities the library experienced a significant increase in Library circulation, visits, and program attendance. Building on this success the Library asked the Watervliet community to vote on an annual funding budget of $150,000.00 which was overwhelmingly approved.

Read the full announcement here.


The Cohoes Public Library seeks an enthusiastic, energetic, community invested librarian to serve as Library Director. Working with the Board of Trustees, the City of Cohoes, and local stakeholders, the director provides leadership in providing high quality, 21 st Century library services to our diverse community.

Serving a growing population of more than 16,000, the Cohoes Public Library is a municipal public library and a member of the Upper Hudson Library System. The library has a collection of approximately 30,000 physical items, plus more than 64,000 digital items in a shared system-wide collection on the Overdrive platform. In 2019 library circulation totaled 31,800 items and had 37,500 library visits. A variety of programming for all ages is provided both inside the facility an at community sites. The library is located in a restored historic building, the former St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Read the full announcement here.

When “Learning” Becomes “School”: Supporting Parents Educating Young Children at Home

The pandemic has derailed the schooling plans for many Millennial parents with young children. How can libraries support parents who have suddenly become home- or hybrid-school teachers to their children?

You’re invited to register for one or more of a three-part series:

Session 1: Sept 2, 1:00-2:30

Webinar--Hear from an Expert

Join Deanna McGregor, Homeschool Liaison Librarian, to learn why some families choose the path of homeschooling, New York State requirements, available resources, and how libraries can meet multiple literacy needs of families homeschooling young children.

Session 2: Sept 9, 10:30-12

Webinar with a Panel of Peers

Hear from a varied panel of library colleagues sharing their unique perspectives as homeschool parents and library service providers.

Session 3: Oct 14, 10:30-12

Webinar Home- and Hybrid-schooling Library Idea Swap

Now that we have a month of the school year under our belt, what challenges are we facing?

Go here for more information and to register: https://spark.adobe.com/page/Cq7HKim8qw9eT/

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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New! Home, Hybrid, and Virtual Learning Resources for libraries. Use these resources to build your knowledge and to create a section on your library’s website for parents navigating schooling options and how the library can help.

Every UHLS library is a hotspot. Check out our shared program calendar to find special events!

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Last updated: 10/2/2020© Upper Hudson Library System. All rights reserved.