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Have a question? The Reference Department is open during the Main Library's regular business hours:

You can reach us by phone: 518-427-4303, by emailing a message to or by using our online form.

We can provide brief answers to questions or suggest locations and sources to answer your question. If your question is complex, the most efficient way of getting an answer would be to call the Reference Department directly at 518-427-4303, or to ask your question in person at the Main Library, 161 Washington Ave., Albany, NY.

The Albany Public Library's primary responsibility for reference and bibliographic services is to the residents of Albany, NY. The Library, with its present staff, facilities, and funding, is unable to provide all the reference and bibliographic services requested by patrons from other states and countries. We wish to assist you with your information needs, but we must request that you obtain information from your local libraries and resources when appropriate.

Last updated: September 12, 2014