The Library welcomes suggestions for the collection. Patrons with a valid Albany Public Library card may submit purchase requests online. While we would like to be able to accommodate all requests for purchase, we are limited by budget constraints, item availability, and the Library’s policy for collection development.
All new items may be requested within 2 months of publication date.
If the library purchases your request, you will be placed on the Holds list for the item.
Please note that our collection budget – from which we buy the books, DVDs, magazines, newspapers, and more – is funded entirely by library supporters such as Friends of the Library, the Albany Library Foundation and The Scharpf Foundation. We are very grateful to them for the support which makes it possible to keep our circulation collections as current as possible. We now rely on fundraising to purchase all items for our collection and receive NO money from the City budget for our collections.
If you are interested in helping support the library during these difficult budget years, please visit our website’s Support Your Library page to find out how. We appreciate your support!