PublicLibraryInterior.pngRensselaer Public Library 
676 East Street
Rensselaer, NY 12144

Library Director: Jane Chirgwin
Email: [email protected]


Mon. 12-5; Tue. & Fri. 10-5;  Wed.-Thu. 10-8  Sat. 10-3 


2021 Library Community Report

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Library Board:                                                                                                                                   
MaryLou Knox - Chairperson
Amanda Ahlmeyer - Secretary
Christine Remington
Johanna Burnham                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pam Alcombright



The library will close if the school is closed for inclement weather.

Visit the library's website provided by the Upper Hudson Library system 

The Rensselaer Public Library has been in the city since before the city was founded (as the Bath-on-Hudson Library). The Rensselaer Library received its absolute charter in 1904 and has been in a few locations including school #2 and Broadway. In 2009 the library moved to its current location on East street, across from the Amtrak station, in a newly renovated building. The library provides public access computers, programs for children and adults, materials on loan, inter-library loan through the Upper Hudson Library system, and meeting rooms for groups, tutors and classes. Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, and Living Resources use the library's space for classes. Every summer the library has a Summer Reading Program following the NY state collaborative theme, that encourages children and teens to read during the summer.
Link to UHLS calendar of children's events.