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:

ItemsLoan PeriodFine
New Books 14 days.10 per day (max - $5)
Books 28 days.10 per day (max - $5)
Audiobooks 28 days.10 per day (max - $5)
Music CDs 28 days.10 per day (max - $5)
DVD's*14 days.10 per day (max - $5)
New DVD's*7 days.10 per day (max - $5)
Museum Passes3 days5.00 per day (max - $15)
  • There is a maximum late fine of $5.00 per item or $20.00 for multiple items returned at the same time (excluding museum passes).
  • 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

Cleaning Fee5.00 per item
Computer prints (black and white).10
Computer prints (colored).25
Lost Borrower's card1.00
Damaged or lost itemsReplacement cost
Lost or damaged date due card (blue)1.00
Missing/Damaged locking cases2.00 to 5.00 per item
Missing/Damaged non-locking cases1.00 to 3.00 per item
Missing Pockets/barcodes1.00 per item
Photocopies/Microfilm prints.25
Returned check fee25.00

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

  • 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.
  • Children may borrow any DVDs designated as Juvenile or Young Adult. Children with a regular youth card require a parent’s permission in person to access other videos. MyCard holders are not permitted to borrow other videos. You accept responsibility for selection of videos. Please familiarize yourself with our video policy before granting permission.
  • Minors 8 and up will be granted access to first floor computers. For more information on children’s internet usage, please review our internet policy

My Card


We are excited to announce the Troy Public Library MyCard. Our new youth card improves access to library materials for children who live in the city of Troy.

The MyCard is for kids and teens ages 5-17 who live in the city of Troy. With a MyCard, kids can take up to 3 items out at once. They will be able to borrow books, audiobooks, and music CDs without any late fines. Only charges for lost or damaged items will apply.

The MyCard is only valid at Troy Public Library locations. If a child already has a card in our system they may keep it or replace it with our new MyCard.

Be sure to check our website or our Facebook page for details and updates.

Video Loan Policy

The loan period for a DVD is 7 days.

A fine of $0.10 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.

New Release DVDs cannot be requested and are not renewable.

Renewals may be possible on other titles. You can attempt to renew in person, on the telephone, or online.

You’ll need to have your library card available when attempting to renew. A child with a MyCard is not able to borrow movies.

With a regular borrowers card; a child under the age of 18 may borrow movies designated as Juvenile or Young Adult. With a regular borrower’s card, a child under the age of 18 may not borrow any other movies 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 collection before granting permission for your child to borrow these items.
  • Parents/guardians willing to allow their children the privilege of checking out movies not designated as Juvenile or Young Adult will need to complete a permission slip. By signing the permission slip, parents/guardians understand that their child may be 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)

    • Summer hours start Saturday, June 16th and end Saturday,  September 8th
  • 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:

  • January 20th –  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • April 12th – Easter
  • May 23rd to May 25th – Memorial Day Weekend
  • Summer Hours start Saturday, June 20th and resume on Saturday, September 12th.
  • July 4th – Independence Day
  • September 5th to September 7th – Labor Day Weekend
  • November 25th – Close at 5:00 pm for Thanksgiving
  • November 26th – Thanksgiving Day
  • December 24th  to December 25th – Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
  • December 31st to January 1st – New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

Parking Information:

  • Main Library:  We now have the use of the Rensselaer County Courthouse parking (see map) lot in the evenings after 5:00 pm and on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. 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.