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.
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
the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA),
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
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.
Information for Member Libraries
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.
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 titleand 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.
Every UHLS library
is a hotspot. Check out our shared
program calendar to find special events!
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