Adult Services

Library Assistance:

The Main Library has a full Reference Department, with a librarian always available to help find the bookReference desk attendant or information you need. We can also answer quick reference questions by telephone or e-mail, or help you use library resources from your home computer. Call the Reference Librarian at (518) 274-7071, e-mail troyref@thetroylibrary.org, or complete our contact form.

Interlibrary Loan
If we don’t have the book or article you need, we can request it for you through our interlibrary loan system. The material will be delivered to Troy Public Library for you. Please ask at the Information Desk for assistance.

Electronic Resources

A number of online Reference Databases are accessible on terminals in the library or from home with your Troy Public Library card. Use these resources to search for magazine and newspaper articles, search online encyclopedias, or to locate business and financial information. Please ask at the Information Desk if you need assistance in using these databases.

Internet access and word processing are available on computers in the library to patrons with valid Troy Public Library or Upper Hudson Library System cards. All users must agree to follow Troy Public Library’s Internet and Computer Policy.

Genealogy and Local History

Our Troy Room Collection contains hundreds of books, pamphlets, and other local history and genealogy documents. Works by local authors, Troy City Directories, local newspapers, family histories, and census records are all part of this valuable collection. The library also subscribes to three genealogy research databases: Ancestry Library Edition, HeritageQuest Online, and Jewish Data. These databases are available only on computers in the library.

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Reader Services

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Job and Small Business Information Center:
The library has reference materials and books to check out on the topics of choosing or preparing for a career, job searching, resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, and career advancement. Also included are civil service examination announcements and job openings, and classified job ads. We maintain a collection of study guides for civil service, military, postal, police, and professional examinations. This collection is located on the first floor of the Main Library, to the left-hand side of the rear staircase.

Education Center:
This collection has both reference and circulating materials to assist students in selecting and applying to colleges. The collection includes information on financial aid. Also contained in this section are Adult Education materials, including GED preparation books, and test preparation guides for standardized exams like the SAT, NYS Regent’s Exams and the GRE. This collection is located on the first floor of the Main Library, to the left-hand side of the rear staircase.
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TPL Federal Depository

Troy Public Library has been a Federal Depository Library since 1869. Since 1979 the collection has been developed in cooperation with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute according to the guidelines of a selective housing agreement.

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Internet and Computer Policies

The Internet is a global network of computers, which offers unlimited information of every kind, both educational and recreational. The Troy Public Library seeks to provide access to this vast resource in keeping with its mission of making information available to the community. The Troy Public Library, however, does not monitor the Internet and cannot guarantee the validity or accuracy of information found on the Internet. Library patrons are advised to exercise judgment and discrimination when evaluating the usefulness and reliability of material found on the Internet.
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Tax Forms

IRS appropriations were significantly cut in the 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill recently passed by Congress. Subsequently, the instruction booklets for the 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ tax forms will not be printed and delivered to libraries this year. The IRS will be mailing the tax forms as usual.

Patrons can request paper tax forms and booklets be mailed to them by filling out a form online  calling the IRS toll-free at 1-800-829-3676. More information about ordering forms can be found on the IRS’ website here.

A number of popular New York State and Federal tax forms are available at the library. Additional tax forms and publications in the form of .pdf files are available for printing through the Web sites of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. The printing of .pdf files requires Adobe Reader which can be downloaded to a computer for free from the Web site of Adobe Systems Incorporated