Getting a Library Card

Library Cards:

Cards will be issued to any resident of New York State who can provide two forms of identification, one of which includes your current address. Valid forms of identification include a driver’s license or a state issued non-drivers ID with your current address, an ID card or badge with your name typed (NOT written) on it, mail with your name and current address printed on it and a postmark within the past 30 days. If you do not have these forms of ID please check at the Check Out desk to see what else you can use. If necessary a postcard can be sent to your address for verification.

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Various Loan Information

Circulation assistant helping a patron

Loans periods and Fines:

Items Loan Period Fine
New Books (no limit) 14 days .10 per day (max - $5)
Books (no limit) 28 days .10 per day (max - $5)
Audiobooks (5 per card) 14 days .10 per day (max - $5)
Music CD's (5 per card) 14 days .10 per day (max - $5)
Videos* 7 days 1.00 per day (max - $5)
DVD's* 7 days 1.00 per day (max - $5)
New DVD's* 3 days 1.00 per day (max - $5)
Museum Passes 3 days 5.00 per day

  • There is a maximum late fine of $5.00 per item or $20.00 for multiple items returned at the same time.
  • Must be 18 years of age or accompanied by Parent or Legal Guardian to check out movies; unless Parent or Legal Guardian signs permission slip.
  • Video Loan Policy

Miscellaneous Charges

Items Charges
Missing Pockets/barcodes 1.00 per item
Lost Borrower's card 1.00
Lost date due card (blue) 1.00
Damaged or lost items Replacement cost
Returned check fee 25.00
Photocopies .25
Computer prints (black and white) .10
Computer prints (colored) .25
Microfilm prints .25

You can use the book drops at the Main library and both branches to return books, audio and video cassettes, and CD’s when the library is closed.


Renewals and Requests

You will need your library card to request items which are not on the shelf or which are available from another UHLS library. When your request becomes available, we will call you. Requests can be made by telephone, or using the online request system.  You can also choose to receive library notices (renewals and requests) via email.

Items may generally be renewed once. To renew by telephone, you will need the library card number to which the materials are charged. Items with a waiting list, overdue items, and some Interlibrary Loan materials are not renewable. Online renewal is available through the library catalog.


Getting a card for your child

Girl with books

  • A child is defined as any one under 18 years of age.
  • If you wish to obtain a card for your children they do not need their own identification; you may use your ID to get them cards. (Two forms of ID required, one with your current address.) You must sign the registration card for them.
  • Children over 12 years of age who have their own forms of required identification may get a library card themselves. You do not need to sign the registration card .
  • Children under 7 years of age must not be left unattended at any time, including when participating in programs.
  • If you wish for your children to avoid specific titles, library collections or topics, you must arrange that with your children. Library staff can assist in making recommendations or finding requested items but will not censor.
  • Access to the internet and videos requires a parent’s permission in person. You accept responsibility for selection of videos as well as use of the internet. Please familiarize yourself with our videos and internet policy before granting this permission.


Video Loan Policy

The loan period for movies (VHS and DVD) is 7 days except for New Release DVDs, which may be borrowed for 3 days.

A fine of $1.00 per day per title will be applied to movies returned late. There will be a maximum fine of $5.00 per item. You will be required to pay for lost or damaged items.

Most items can be returned in the book drop.

Renewals may be possible. You can attempt to renew in person, on the telephone, or online. Please have your library card available when attempting to renew.

A child under the age of 18 may not check out movies (VHS or DVD) unless a parent or legal guardian is present or has completed the Video Permission form.

  • The library does not restrict children’s movie selections. If you wish for your child to avoid specific titles, library collections, ratings, or topics you must arrange this with your child. Library staff can assist in making recommendations or finding requested items but will not censor. Please familiarize yourself with our videos before granting permission for your child to borrow these items.
  • Parents/guardians willing to allow their children the privilege of checking out movies will need to complete permission slip. By signing the permission slip, parents/guardians understand that their child maybe exposed to content intended for mature audiences.
  • Parents/guardians are, ultimately, responsible for the materials their children check out.

Hours and Locations

Troy Main Library

  • Main Library
    100 Second Street
    Troy, NY 12180
    518.274.7071 phone
    518.271.9154 fax

    Monday – Thursday: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
    Friday and Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (Summer, Saturday: 9 am – 1 pm)
    Sunday: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm (Closed during the summer)
  • Lansingburgh Branch
    27 114th Street
    Troy, NY 12182
    518.235.5310 phone

    Monday to Wednesday:   1:00 to  7:00 pm
    Thursday to Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (Summer, Saturday: 10:00 am – 1 pm)

    • Please note the computers shut down exactly 30 minutes before the library closes.

Holidays Observed:

  • Easter: Sunday, April 16th
  • Memorial Day Weekend: Saturday, May 27th to Monday May 29th
  • Independence Day: Tuesday, July 4th
  • Labor Day: Saturday, Sept. 2 to Monday, September 4th
  • Thanksgiving: We will close at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 22nd
  • Thanksgiving: Thursday, November 23rd
  • Christmas Holiday: Sunday, December 24th to Monday, December 25th
  • New Year’s Eve: Sunday, December 31st to Monday, Jan 1st 2018

Summer Hours: June 17th (Closing at 1:00 pm on Saturdays, library closed on Sundays) to September 9th

Parking Information:

  • Main Library:  We now have the use of the Rensselaer County Courthouse parking (see map) lot in the evenings after 5 PM and on Saturdays. Parking is accessible from the alley on Congress Street, across from Brueggers, with an exit onto Third Street. A caution however. The county is not responsible for theft or damage to vehicles or contents of vehicles parked in the courthouse lot.Since the library does not have a parking lot, during the day, on street parking is the only option. It is important to remember that parking on the street north of Ferry Street (now a tunnel on second street) is designated as downtown and two hour parking is in effect. South of Ferry street there is no time limit and all day parking can usually be found within two blocks of the Main Library. Congress Street is designated as a pay to park area.Friday is alternate side of the street parking on Second and Third Streets for regular street cleaning and/or snow plowing. No parking on the West side of the street between 9AM and Noon and no parking on the East side between Noon and 3 PM. Parking restrictions are strictly enforced.
  • Lansingburgh Branch:  The Lansingburgh Branch on 114th Street has a small off street parking lot.  If the lot is full, on street parking is readily available.