How do I get a library card?
You can apply for an Upper Hudson Library System card in person or online. To make the account permanent, you must bring positive identification and proof of current address to the circulation desk within two weeks of applying for your card. Current driver’s license/state ID, utility bill, or apartment lease are examples of accepted proof.
For more information about who is eligible for a card, see our policy page.
I don't know my PIN
Unless you’ve changed it, your PIN is the last four digits of the telephone number you entered on your card application. If you’ve lost your PIN, you can reset it on the My Account login page using the “forgot my PIN” link.
How do I pay my fines online?
*a credit card or PayPal account is required
- Login to your library account
- Click “Fines/Fees” from the menu on the left
- Click “Pay Online.” If your fines total less than $1, the pay online option is not available.
- Select the individual fine your want to pay (or click “select all”), then click “Continue”
- When prompted, choose the payment method and enter your information
- Click “Pay Now”
- Print your payment receipt from the website or from the confirmation email (if applicable) for your records.
I returned an item, but it is still on my account. What do I do?
If you just returned your item, please give staff 24 hours to check it in. If it remains on your account, contact us and let us know. We are happy to check our shelves in case the item was missed on check-in.
Where can I use my library card?
You can use it at any public library in Albany or Rensselaer Counties and in our online locations. If you have paid for a nonresident card, you may only be able to use it at the library where you purchased it.
How many items can I borrow?
There is no limit on the amount of materials which may be borrowed except for:
- video games (2)
- museum passes (1)
- mobile hotspots (1)
- laptops (1)
- Hot off the Press items (3)
- Stories-to-Go kits (1)
- Playaway Launch Pad (1)
- Playaway View (1)
What if I can't find my card?
You can use your picture ID with current address in lieu of a library card. You can also replace your card for $1 at the circulation desk. Keep in mind you are responsible for items checked out on your card, even if the card is not in your possession, so you may want to replace the card if it goes missing. If a card is reported lost it will be deactivated, but you remain responsible for items previously borrowed.
Can someone else pick up my items?
If you are picking up items for another person, you must either have their library card in your possession or have a permission slip on file allowing you to pick up items for that person.
Why doesn’t my card number work?
There are a few reasons this could happen.
- Card expire every three years, regardless of usage, so library staff can make sure contact info is current. You can renew your card online, in person, or via phone.
- Accounts not in good standing are blocked from using some services. Cards are delinquent when your materials are overdue or $5.00 or more in damages or fines have accumulated on your card. When items are returned and/or fines have been paid to below $5.00, the card will work again.
- If you applied for your temporary card online and waited longer than 15 days to come in to validate residency, the card is no longer valid.
How to I request an item?
You can request that an item be reserved for you and pick it up at the library of your choice.
- When you find an item you wish to request, find and click “Request”. You may be prompted to select a specific copy of the item.
- You will be asked to enter your library card number and your PIN.
- You then must select a library where you would like to pickup your title.
- When your item arrives the library will notify you by phone or email – depending how you have set your account.
- You will have 7 business days to pick your item up.
- You can log into your My Account to monitor your requests, change the pickup location or cancel them.
- If the items you requested are in demand you will be placed in a queue. Requests are filled locally by the owning library first and then made available to other library’s patrons.
How do I renew an item?
Library cardholders may renew their own materials online. All material may be renewed except items with reserves, those on which you owe fines or items with restricted renewal. Check with your local library for further information.
- Log in to your My Account.
- If you do not see a list of items currently checked out, use the “Items currently checked out” link to view the items you have checked out.
- Select the items you want to renew by checking the boxes in the renew column and then click the “Update List” button. If you want to renew everything, click the “Renew All” button.
- If you cannot renew items, a message will appear on the screen. If you are successful, a new due date will appear in the “Status” column. Always check the Status column for information on the success or failure of your renewal.
- You may print your updated My Account page with new due dates as confirmation.
Can I get more help with using the online catalog?
Yes! Check out our catalog help page. You’ll find search tips, instructions for setting up notices, ways to save lists, and more!
Can I suggest an item for purchase?
If you would like to suggest that the library purchase an item for its circulating collections, please fill out this form.
What do I read next?
We have lots of tools to help you answer that question. If you’d like to search for your next read on your own, we suggest using our Reader’s Portal. You’ll find ready-made book lists along with links to NoveList (use keywords to search for your next read), NextReads (receive reading suggestions in your inbox via regular newsletters), and our personalized recommendation service. There is a separate personalized service for kids called “Book Bundles.”
Loan Periods and Fines
How long can I check things out? Are there fines if they are late?
Fines are charged for each day the library is open and the item is not returned. To avoid fines, return material before the library closes on the due date.
28 Days – Fine of $.25 per day up to $5.00
14 Days – Fine of $.25 per day up to $5.00
DVDs / Blu-Rays
Juvenile holiday books
14 Days – Fine of $1 per day up to $5.00
Library of Things
Hot off the Press books – limit 3
7 Days – Fine of $.25 per day up to $5.00
New DVDs / Blu-Rays
7 Days – Fine of $1.00 per day up to $5.00
Video Games (DS, Switch, PS3, PS4, Wii Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One) – limit 2
Playaway Views – limit 1
Launch Pads – limit 1
Story to Go Kits – limit 1
Will you notify me when my items are overdue?
If you sign up for email or text alerts, you should receive a courtesy notice two days before an item is due. You will receive another notice after it is overdue. To set your notice preferences, see these instructions.
If an item is lost or damaged, replacement costs will be assessed and billed.
How do I pay for a lost item, and can I get a refund if I find it?
We encourage patrons to renew any items they cannot locate and and take the time to search thoroughly before paying for the item.
Upon request, staff will check the shelves in the hope that the item can be found before payment is made.
You can pay in person using cash/check/credit card or pay online using a credit card or PayPal.
Does the library offer public meeting rooms?
Not currently, but we plan to post-pandemic. Meeting rooms have their own FAQ page. (coming soon)
Can I use a computer?
The library maintains public desktop computers for patron use. Each patron is entitled to 2.5 hours of computer use per day. Guest passes are available for non-cardholders. A guest pass is good for 30 minutes of computer time in a single day.
Laptops are also available for checkout to East Greenbush/Schodack residents. This policy temporarily supersedes our existing laptop lending policy due to library capacity restrictions during the pandemic. Policy
Users of either must abide by the library’s Internet Use Policy.
How to I connect to the library's Wi-Fi?
Anyone with a wireless device is welcome to connect to our “EG Public WiFi” wireless network, provided they agree to our Internet Policy when logging in. There is no time limit for usage. Service is available in the library and its parking lot.
Please use discretion when using the library’s wireless network, as it is unsecured. Headphones must be used with wireless devices in the library, and they are available for purchase at the Circulation Desk.
Mobile Wi-Fi hotspots are also available for checkout to East Greenbush/Schodack residents.
What is the cost to print?
Printing costs 15¢ per page for single-sided black & white, 30¢ per page for double-sided black & white and 50¢ per page for color. Wireless printing is also available in or to the library from any location, using any device. More info about wireless printing.
Can I print at the library from my home computer?
Wireless printing is also available in or to the library from any location, using any device. More info about wireless printing.
What other services does the library offer?
Check out our library services page for information on all of our services, from meeting rooms to museum passes. Click on an image to find out more about the service. In some cases, there is an additional link to more information.
Can I donate books or other items?
The Friends of the Library take donations of books and media for their sales, though they reserve the right to pause accepting new donations if capacity does not allow for it. For more information on the types of donations accepted and other limits on donations, please visit our book sale page.
To donate funds, technology, or other items, please visit our donation page.
Does the library sell books?
To learn more about our book sales, including the date for the next one, please visit our book sale page.
Are you open on holidays?
We close for some federal holidays, but not others. See our holiday schedule for details.
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