At Your Library

At Your Library 06.11.20

Curbside Service Starting at Rensselaer Library

RENSSELAER – On June 8th, the Rensselaer Public Library started curbside service for checking out library items. Call 518-462-1193 or email to set up your pick up time. Items can be requested by phone or our online catalog. We will check out your items and bring them out to you at an arranged time. Please be aware that items may take longer to process due to new safety rules the Library System is following. Access to the building by the public is not allowed at this time.

Job Search Q&A online: A Virtual Job Search Session with the Rensselaer County Career Center Get your job search questions answered live in an online meeting on Thursday June 11 at 6 PM. Please contact us to register. We will be using “Go To Meeting” which can be used on a computer, cell phone, landline phone or tablet. Register with or call 518-462-1193.

We are here to help! Contact us for assistance with computers, ebooks, setting up online meetings, Notary services and research.

Nassau Free Library

NASSAU – Parking Lot Pickup Service Begins June 15th. Monday- Friday 3-6 pm

We are happy to announce that library patrons can now pick up items requested online or by phone through contact-free our parking lot pickup service while the library building is closed! Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Place your items on hold online or by phone.

Use the online catalog on our website to search for items and place a request on the items you want. If you prefer to place your requests over the phone, please call (518) 766-2715. We will be answering the phones between 2 and 6 pm Monday-Friday. Please note that quarantine procedures on items will significantly lengthen the amount of time it will take to receive holds from other libraries. This could take a week or so longer than the normal turnaround time. Please limit your requests to 5 requests per patron.

Step 2. When your items are ready, you will get a notification via email, phone, or text. Call the library to schedule a time to pick up your items.

Be sure to have your library card barcode number available when you call so that we may check-out items to your account.

Step 3: Pick up your items.

When you arrive at the library during your scheduled pickup time, please call us at (518) 766-2715. Staff will bring your requested items to your vehicle and place them in your passenger side window or trunk. Please remain in your vehicle to help us maintain social distancing practices.

Step 4: Returning Library Materials

Please return all library materials to our outside Book Drop Box located on our front porch.

The Nassau Free Library building remains closed to the public. Restrooms, computers, and other spaces will not be accessible. Copy/Fax Service will not be available at this time.

We will keep you posted during this transition time and we thank you for your support and patience!

The Nassau Free Library is located at 18 Church St. Nassau, 12123

Poestenkill Library to Begin “Porch-Side” Service on June 15

POESTENKILL – The trustees and staff are happy to announce that limited library service will begin on Monday, June 15th. The staff has been excited to return to the library on a limited basis, and the book drop has been unlocked. The porch has been repaired and just needs a bit of painting to complete the project. The next step to restarting services to the community will be delivery of library materials (books, DVDs, etc.) from the front porch. Although our doors will still be closed to the public, staff will be happy to gather the materials you request and get them ready for you to pick up from the porch. All currently checked out items have had their due dates extended. At your convenience, you may begin return them to us via the book drop. The book drop will be emptied daily but may fill up quickly. We are not able to accept returned materials in person, please do not leave them on the porch. Once returned, all items will be quarantined in the library for 3 days prior to being checked in so it will take a few days for you to see the items come off your account. Details on the process for requesting items will be posted on the library’s website ( and on signs outside the library. We are also not able to take book donations at this time, but do plan to have a couple of donation days over the summer to allow people to bring all those books, DVDs, and CDs they cleaned out while they have been at home. The health and safety of staff and patrons are at the forefront of all of our decisions. We are following the current guidelines set up by New York State, the CDC, and OSHA. We thank you for your understanding and patience as we slowly work towards opening the doors to the public.

Sand Lake Town Library Update

SAND LAKE – Sand Lake Town Library is pleased to again be able to fulfill book requests! As of Monday, June 8 the library began offering contactless, curbside pickup on Mon & Wed 11 – 3, Tues & Thurs 2 – 6 and Saturday 10 – 2. Patrons will not be allowed in the library but can request materials online using the library catalog or by calling us at 518-674-5050. Complete instructions can be found on our website (

The library staff and the Board of Trustees continue to adapt our phased reopening plan based on new information provided by the state, CDC, and Upper Hudson Library System. Our aim is to have a thoughtful and carefully prepared plan based on the latest guidance and which places the highest priority on the health and well-being of our staff and patrons. Updates and changes will be placed on our website, along with our current hours and details on how to schedule a pickup of materials.

In the meantime, downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, music and movies remain available through the Upper Hudson website ( We also have regional events and a list of online “Things to do today…” on our website. Plus, our summer reading program will be starting soon

We thank you for your continued patience and ask you to bear with us as we move through the phases of reopening. Stay well – be well, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Sand Lake Town Library – Community Cookbook

SAND LAKE – While we’re staying at home, many of us are cooking more than usual. With that in mind, our Upper Hudson Library System is going to put together a downloadable cookbook full of all of our favorite recipes! If you have a favorite recipe or something new you’ve created during our self-isolation, why not share it? Email your recipes & pictures to with the subject line “Cookbook Challenge” or mail them to Sand Lake Town Library, 8428 Miller Hill Road, Averill Park, NY 12018 by July 1st. Happy cooking!

Don’t forget to check our website and facebook page for info, resources, and activities. If you have a question or need help, email or call 518-674-5050 and leave a message – we will return your call.


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