North Greenbush Public Library

Become a 36'er!

Big CardThe 2018 Upper Hudson Library Expedition: BECOME A 36ER! is on the road now!

Love to visit libraries? Join the Expedition! Visit as many of the 36 unique libraries in Upper Hudson Library System as you can during September, October and November.

It’s a self-guided tour and road trip to our libraries as a family or a team of friends. Or go solo, and enjoy the journey to our intriguing library destinations on your own.

You’ll earn prizes when you’ve visited 5, 15, 25, and 36 locations. Visit them all and become a 36er!

It's a great time of year to drive through our beautiful Rensselaer and Albany countryside, so get started by picking up a map at any member library (why not start with North Greenbush!).

For more information, visit

Troy Irish Genealogy Society Free Look-up Session

Troy Irish Genealogy SocietyThe Troy Irish Genealogy Society is sponsoring a Free Genealogy Look Up Session at the North Greenbush Public Library on Wednesday, October 24.  Bring your questions about how to trace your family tree, or what you are trying to find out about a specific ancestor.  Let the Society’s experienced members help you to discover more! 

Please make an appointment by calling the library at 518 283-0303.  Forty-five minute appointments are available from 4:00 to 6:15.  Don’t miss this chance to have your family genealogy questions answered. 

The Great American Read: Your Most Loved Novel

PBS Great American ReadPBS is conducting a multi-platform digital, educational and community outreach campaign, designed to get the country reading and passionately talking about books. 100 books have been selected as finalists in a poll for American's most loved novel. The list contains a broad range of fictional titles, authors, time periods, countries, genres and subject matter. It includes books from as far back as the 1600s and as recent as 2016. From beloved world literature to contemporary best sellers, many categories are represented: 20th century American classics, thrillers, young adult novels, sci-fi/fantasy, adventure, historical fiction, romantic stories, and books that represent the human experience told from a diverse range of perspectives.

PBS invites you to vote for your favorite! There are four ways to vote: online, social hashtag, SMS, and toll free. Read the full details on how to vote here. Voting is open through October 18, 2018, but there is no time limit on the enjoyment you can experience reading these wonderful novels. For your convenience, we've downloaded the list of books from the PBS site – click here to view.

For detailed information, see the PBS website.

Jim Picks the Winner of the August RaffleFriends of the North Greenbush Public Library

Make sure you takes some chances on our September/October raffle baskets which will be drawn on Monday, October 29 at noon.

There is a delightful Happy Harvest Wine Basket and a delicious Give Thanks Breakfast Basket for the lucky winners.

Tickets are always 2 for $1 so join the fun and purchase some soon.

A grateful "thank you" to all who have supported us in our fundraising efforts!

First Library Card

Getting your first library card is a time-honored right of passage, one of the first tangible symbols of maturity and responsibility. To help parents commemorate the occasion, the library has a special "First Library Card" photo op prop.

When you bring your child to the library and register for the card, ask for the "big card." Take a picture of your little one holding our colorful library card to celebrate all the fun of reading.

Big Card

Museum Pass Program

North Greenbush residents are welcome to visit the library and borrow a pass to area museums.

  • Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany NY 12210
    (518) 463-4478
    Family Pass admits 2 adults, all children and grandchildren under 18
  • Arkell Museum, 2 Erie Blvd., Canajoharie, NY 13317
    (518) 673-2314
    Free regular admission to the museum for 2 adults and 2 children ages 12-18. (Children 11 & under
    free) plus 10% discount in the Arkell Shop, and reduced or free admission to special programs.
  • Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA 01262
    (413) 298-3926
    Pass admits 2 Adults. Children under 12 free.
  • Children’s Museum at Saratoga, 69 Caroline Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
    (518) 584-5540
    Pass admits 4 people
  • Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA 10267
    (413) 458-2303
    Pass admits 1 adult, children under 18 and students with ID free
  • CMOST – Children’s Museum of Science & Technology, 250 Jordon Road, Troy, NY 12180
    (518) 235-2120
    Pass admits 2 adults and dependent children under 18
  • FASNY Museum of Firefighting, 117 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson, NY 12534
    (518) 822-1875
    Pass admits family of 4
  • Hancock Shaker Village, Routes 20 & 41, Pittsfield, MA 01202
    Pass admits 2 adults and 2 youths (13-17 years old); children 12 and under are free
  • Hildene (The Lincoln Family Home), 1005 Hildene Road, Manchester, VT 05254
    (802) 362-1788
    Pass admits family of four (2 adults and 2 children or 2 grandchildren)
    2 passes
  • Hyde Collection, 161 Warren Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801
    (518) 792-1761
    Pass admits 2 adults and children under 18 living in the same household.
  • MiSci—Museum of Innovation & Science, 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, NY 12308
     (518) 382-7890                     
    Pass admits 2 adults, includes general and planetarium admission
  • MASS MoCA-Massachusetts Museum  of Contemporary Art, 1040 Mass Moca Way, North Adams, MA 01247
    (413) 664-4481
    Pass admits up to 2 adults and 2 Children (under 16)
  • USS Slater Destroyer Escort Historical Museum, Broadway & Quay Street, Albany, NY 12202
    (518) 431-1943
    Family pass admits 2 adults and 2 children. Children under 5 free with family.
  • World Awareness Children’s Museum, 89 Warren Street, Glen Falls, NY 12801
    (518) 793-2773
    Pass admits 5 people

Available to North Greenbush residents only. Residents must visit the library to pick up the passes. Sorry we can't accept reservations, or renewals. Only one pass can be checked out at a time. There is a $5.00 per day fine if late and the pass must be returned to the North Greenbush Public Library. Patrons are responsible for replacement cost of lost passes.

Please review the Museum Pass Rules here (PDF).

Bottle Redemption Benefits Library

It's a win-win. You don't have to waste time feeding empties to a machine, and the library gets a donation! Please bring your empty cans and bottles to the 6 Cent Redemption Center, 461 Main Ave, Wynantskill. Thanks to a program sponsored by the North Greenbush Friends of the Library, you can request that your deposit refund be donated to the library. The redemption center will sort and count all of your glass and plastic bottles, and cans eligible for a NYS deposit and will donate the proceeds to the library.

Please note: containers must be redeemed at the redemption center. The library cannot accept empty bottles and cans!

UHLS Online Resources

As a member library of the Upper Hudson Library System, we are delighted to announce that library patrons now have access to three exciting online resources:

  • Flipster
  • Mango Languages
  • Library Edition

FlipsterFlipster provides digital access through your library to the magazines you know and love. Read the complete contents of over 60 popular digital magazines on your computer or mobile device. There is no separate account to set up, your library card grants you access from wherever you are. Titles include People, US Weekly, The New Yorker, Forbes and many more. The Flipster app for your mobile device is available on the iTunes Store and on Google Play.

Mango LanguagesLearn a new language with Mango Languages! This fun and easy to use self-paced language learning program features courses in more than 70 languages! Library patrons can create an account using their email address and start learning right away. Courses are accessible on a computer or mobile device using free apps that allow users to take their learning with them, with or without an internet connection. See the iTunes Store or Google Play for details and to download the app. Library EditionAncestry® Library Edition provides access to the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource from your library. Its 7,000 databases deliver an unprecedented online collection of individuals from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and more. While much of the personalized functionality of is not available in the library edition, it's you a great tool to start your genealogy search. Access is only available at the library. Please bring a flash drive to save your information.

New Books & DVDs

Mystery...suspense...romance...comedy. Our new books offer all of this and more! Browse our list for new books by your favorite authors, and maybe find a few new favorites. Or check out some new DVDs for this evening's entertainment.

We love to see you at the library, so stop by soon.

Become a Friend!

Join the Friends of the LibraryJoin the Friends of the North Greenbush Public Library. We need friends now to:

  • Run special projects
  • Organize fund raisers
  • Coordinate community programs
  • Advocate for our library.

For more information, or to volunteer, please see our Friends page.

Library Services for the Homebound

Did you know that the library delivers books to homebound patrons? For more information, please call the library at 518-283-0303.

Library Resources for the Visually Impaired

Braille books and services for the visually-impaired are available at the Sand Lake Public Library and the Troy Public Library. In addition, the New York State Library has numerous resources for the blind and visually impaired. For more information, including application for services forms, please see: