North Greenbush Public Library

Limited In-Person Service Resumes

The North Greenbush Public Library has begun a careful, phased process of resuming limited in-person service, by appointment only. Appointment times are Mon, Wed & Fri  between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Tues & Thurs  between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Appointments are limited to 20 minutes to accommodate social distancing, cleaning and disinfecting.

All patrons entering the library must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth. Please call the library at 518-283-0303 to make an appointment.  Patrons can begin calling for appointments on Friday, July 10. The library’s popular Grab ’N’ Go pick-up option will continue during this time.

Our phased reopening plan is based on guidance from the state, CDC, WHO and Upper Hudson Library System, placing the highest priority on the health and well-being of our patrons and our staff. With this commitment and challenge in mind, we will regularly be reviewing the plan. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we work to safely resume library services. 

Feel free to email any questions to library@northgreenbushlibrary.org or call us at 518-283-0303. 

“Grab & Go” Contactless Book Pick-up

The hours for “Grab and Go” contact-less library material pick up are:

  • Mon, Wed & Fri  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  
  • Tues & Thurs  3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Patrons can request items using our online catalog or by calling us at 518-283-0303.  Initially we are limiting requests to 5 items per card.  You will be notified when your materials are ready for pick up.  Once notified, you may come pick up your items during our pick up hours (MWF 10-2 or TuTh 3-7.) 

We ask that you call the library when you arrive in the parking lot and library staff will place a bag with your items on the table in the lobby next to the library entrance.  Please wear a mask and practice social distancing when you come into the lobby to take the bag with your last name on it.  All items in the bag will be checked out to you and stamped with a due date.  Place any items you have to return in the outside drop boxes on your way by.  Please do not place returns on the pick up table.

We’re excited to get started!  We appreciate your continued support and patience as we take this step.  Please email any questions to library@northgreenbushlibrary.org or call us at 518-283-0303. 

Hoopla logo

We've have a new digital service! Hoopla allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later.

North Greenbush Public Library provides you 5 instant borrows each month. These digital borrows will reset every month and you can borrow more than one title at a time. Books are available for 21 days, videos are available for 72 hours, and music titles are available for 7 days after you borrow.

Hoopla is available on your desktop, phone, tablet, Alexa devices, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, and Android TV. Make sure to download the app to take your borrows anywhere. Any questions or issues, email us at library@northgreenbushlibrary.org.

UHLS Online Resources

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 App Store and on Google Play.

Ancestry.com 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.

Access to Ancestry.com has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. Remote access will be available until the end of April and will be re-evaluated monthly as needed.

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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!

Play Stay at Home Bingo

NGPL's summer reading program is going online this year! We have partnered with ReadSquared to create an online summer reading challenge! Adults, teens and children can log their reading to win prizes. We will also have themed take home crafts, scavenger hunts, a StoryWalk and more!

Visit http://northgreenbushny11.readsquared.com/ to register.

Prizes will begin being awarded on July 7! Email any questions to library@northgreenbushlibrary.org.

Summer Reading Missions

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First Library Card

Big 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.

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 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: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/tbbl/