Book a Librarian

If you would prefer to view tutorials and online training resources, try our Technology Help page.  Or view our Computer Class Calendar to see upcoming library tech training events.

Request a 1:1 Appointment

Getting an Appointment

Can I sign up for an immediate appointment?

We ask for at least 2 business days notice to ensure librarian availability.  Weekends and holidays may take longer.

Who is eligible to schedule an appointment?

UHLS cardholders in good standing may book appointments.

When are appointments available?

Appointments are available Monday through Friday.  We will do our best to accommodate your first choice of date and time.  Please allow at least 2 business days for us to arrange an appointment, allowing extra time for weekends and holidays.

How do I book an appointment?

Please fill out this online form or call the Reference Desk at (477-7476 option 4).

What if I can't make it to my appointment?

Please be considerate and call the Reference Desk (477-7476, option 4) to cancel in advance if you are unable to make your appointment.

Where do I check in for my appointment

Check in with the librarian at the Reference Desk for your appointment.

Other Information

What kind of help do you provide?

The librarian at the reference desk can help with quick inquiries.  This service is for more in-depth help.  We can get you started with basic computer skills, help you learn about a new device, or assist you with a specific issue that may require extended instruction.

Is there any kind of help I can't get?

We cannot offer advice (e.g., medical, legal, investment) except to advise users of reputable sources of evaluative information.  In addition, we cannot type or proofread your document, cover letter, resume, etc.  Please note that these sessions are meant to be instructional only.  Our mission is to give you the tools necessary to complete your project.

How long are the sessions?

Sessions can be up to 30 minutes.

How often may I use this service?

Limit two appointments per month per patron/business.

Who provides the devices?

It depends.  If you would like general assistance or instruction, the library can provide a laptop or, in some cases, other types of devices.  If you have needs specific to a program, operating system, or device you own (such as a smartphone or e-reader), please bring your own laptop or device.

Are there other ways to get help from a librarian?

Absolutely!  Call or stop by the Reference Desk (477-7476 option 4) anytime we are open.  Or, you can submit an email request using our Contact Form.

Subject East Greenbush Card UHLS Card UHLS MyCard
Library Card Registration Free to any individual who resides or pays taxes in the East Greenbush Community Library taxing district or Town of Schodack. Cards expire and must be renewed every three years.

Free to any individual who volunteers or works at the EGRN Library. Cards expire and must be renewed yearly.

Free to partner educational agencies with verified employment. Cards expire and must be renewed yearly.

Those that live outside the UHLS area may purchase a temporary card at the price established by our Table of Fines and Fees. Cards expire and must be renewed yearly.

All ages eligible. Youth under age 16 must have their application completed and signed by a parent or guardian, who provides acceptable identification for them.

Card blocked at $5 or more in replacement costs or fines/fees

Fines vary according to individual library rules and UHLS resource sharing rules. The EGRN Table of Fines and Fees are applicable for items which are checked out from the East Greenbush Community Library

Free to residents residing in a community served by a UHLS library.

All ages eligible. Youth under age 16 must have their application completed and signed by a parent or guardian, who provides acceptable identification for them.

UHLS library cards expire and must be renewed every three years.

Card blocked at $5 or more in replacement costs or fines/fees

Fines vary according to individual library rules and UHLS resource sharing rules. The EGRN Table of Fines and Fees are applicable for items which are checked out from the East Greenbush Community Library

The UHLS MyCard is a fine-free, limited-access library card for youth. It is intended to address multiple barriers to serving youth and families, including:

  • Barriers to access related to fines (e.g. computer access, checking out materials)
  • Parents not present for a child’s library card registration
  • Previous fines on a child’s card

Free for youth residing in a community served by a UHLS library.Applicants 18 and under who are applying for a limited use, UHLS Youth Only MyCard, need to provide name, address, and date of birth.UHLS library cards expire and must be renewed every three years.Youth ages birth to 18 can register unaccompanied, or with the help of a caregiver or relative who is not the child’s parent/guardian.This card may be used at all UHLS Libraries except for the Colonie Town Library.

Card blocked at $10 or more in replacement costs.

No fines for late items

Limits on # of Materials Borrowed Unlimited checkouts Unlimited checkouts Limited total items: Can only have 3 items checked out on their card at a time
Types of Items All eligible item types. All eligible item types except Museum Passes, ILL, and Hot off the Press. Active paid members of the Friends of the East Greenbush Community Library have access to all lending collections. Only items eligible to be borrowed are books (any age level), juvenile and young adult (teen) audiobooks, and juvenile and young adult (teen) DVDs.
Databases/Digital Content EGRN and UHLS subscription databases and digital content UHLS subscription databases and digital content Only items eligible to be borrowed are books (any age level), juvenile and young adult (teen) audiobooks, and juvenile and young adult (teen) DVDs.
Interlibrary Loan Nationwide UHLS Libraries UHLS Libraries
Program Registration Unlimited except by limited program capacity Preference given to resident cardholders Preference given to resident cardholders

Notary

A notary is available during some of the hours the library is open. Please call ahead to ensure availability.

Accessibility Services

Vision

Large print books and audiobooks are available for those who find conventional print too small to read easily.

Low-vision equipment is available for magnification of print materials. Inquire at the Reference Desk.

The NYS Library maintains a free Talking Book and Braille Library service for qualified patrons.

Hearing

Assistive listening devices are available upon request for events held in the large meeting room.

Printing

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

Copy/Scan/Fax

A self-service color photocopier is available for public use, located outside the children’s room. The charge is $.15 per side for black & white copies and $.50 per side for color copies. Duplexing (double-sided) is available for both color and B&W.

The copier also has the ability to scan color or black & white to an email account. There is no charge to scan documents.

Sending a fax costs $1 per page.

Drive-thru

All materials, excluding “Stories to Go” kits, Library of Things items, and technology items, may be returned in the drive-thru book drop any time. Did you know you can set the drive-thru or checkout desk as your default pickup location?  Find out more