WELCOME to the newly renovated and expanded FINE FREE Guilderland Public Library!
Thanks to a reciprocal agreement between our Upper Hudson Library System (UHLS) and the Mid-Hudson Library System (MHLS), you now have even more eBook and audiobook borrowing options through Overdrive! See below for more information.
Monday – Thursday: 9:30 am – 9 pm
Friday: 9:30 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 1 – 5 pm
- printing on demand
- car charging stations – see more info. below
- exhibit space – email firstname.lastname@example.org
- curbside services (kindly allow 24-hours notice)
- public computers for adults and children
- book donations – bins located in side parking lot
- notary public – please call 518.456.2400 ext. 2 to schedule an appointment
- passports: please see passport information
- study rooms – please call 518.456.2400 ext. 3 to inquire
- meeting rooms – please call 518.456.2400 ext. 110 to inquire
- E-Z Pass
- hunting & fishing licenses
- assistive listening technology in 3 meeting rooms
- programs – currently in-person or virtual
Masks are optional. We will continue to closely monitor health guidance and adjust our policy as needed, per our Pandemic Operations Plan.
Need a library card? Get one here!
What are the details on the library’s construction project?
This extensive building project, approved by Guilderland voters in May 2019, officially began in October 2020, and essentially concluded in September 2021 – 10.5 months ahead of schedule, and about $250,000 under budget. There are still a few outstanding items to complete, due mainly to supply chain issues and labor shortages. More information may be found here.
What programs do you offer?
Please check our Events calendar for virtual program options. Programs are currently offered in-person or virtually. We’re constantly adding new offerings, so check back often!
How can I keep updated on library happenings?
We encourage you to stay tuned for updates on our web page, Facebook, GPL Kids and Families Facebook page, Instagram and in weekly eNews blasts and monthly newsletters. To subscribe to our weekly e-news and monthly newsletters, click here. Also, check out our YouTube channel.
How can I get in touch with you?
Call us at 518.456.2400, or email email@example.com.
How can I submit public comment for a board meeting?
Public commentary may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR PICKING UP HOLDS:
- Request materials by searching the UHLS catalog at the top of the page, through the UHLS app, or by calling 518.456.2400 ext. 3.
- We’ll notify you when your items are ready for pickup at the holds shelf, in front of the circulation desk. You may check these items out at the circulation desk, or use a self-checkout machine.
- If you prefer to pick up your items in the lobby (“curbside”), call 518.456.2400 ext. 2 to schedule your pre-checked-out pick up for the following day. Pick up your materials inside the library’s lobby, making sure to wear a mask. Hand sanitizer is available.
CAR CHARGING STATIONS FAQ
How many charging stations does the Library have?
We have four EverCharge stations for EV or hybrid cars.
What is the speed (level) of charging?
What types of vehicles are compatible with the EverCharge stations?
Any hybrid or all-electric vehicle (EV) can use our charging stations. Tesla owners will need an adaptor as the Tesla charging system is proprietary.
What does it cost?
There is a cost-recovery fee of 16 cents per kilowatt hour. The library makes no profit on these stations, but does pass our electric cost on to the user.
How do I pay?
To get started, simply scan the QR code on the charging station with your smartphone. The phone will lead you through the payment process. If you are a frequent user of the Library’s charging station, you can open an account with EverCharge by visiting https://dashboard.evercharge.com/signup/new-customer-signup. The company will send you an RFID card to use; just swipe your card, “fill” up and go. No more inputting billing information with each visit!
What if I need assistance with a question/issue?
You can email EverCharge at email@example.com or call 888.342.7383
If you have an EV or a hybrid, you may use one of our four Level Two charging stations. We are currently charging a cost-recovery fee of 16 cents per kilowatt hour. The library makes no profit on these stations, but does pass our electric cost on to the user. To get started, simply scan the QR code on the charging station with your smartphone.
More Borrowing Options!
March 18, 2022 – Thanks to a reciprocal agreement between our Upper Hudson Library System (UHLS) and the Mid-Hudson Library System (MHLS), even more online borrowing options are now available for affiliated library users. Upper Hudson patrons accessing the OverDrive digital collection through both the Libby app and the OverDrive website can now access portions of the Mid-Hudson eBook, eMagazine and audiobook collection.
Both systems allow users to borrow up to 10 checkouts at once. Checkouts borrowed from one system will not count against the other – so users can now borrow as many as 20 items per month. Upper Hudson users will be able to renew checked out Mid-Hudson materials, provided no one else is waiting for it.
To get started, add a Mid-Hudson “card” to your OverDrive/Libby account using your GPL library card number. You can then browse the Mid-Hudson collection and borrow material as usual.
To access Mid-Hudson content through OverDrive on a computer:
- Sign in using your GPL card number (on the back of the card under the barcode)
- Select the “Partner Libraries” drop-down menu
- Select “Mid-Hudson Library System”
To access Mid-Hudson content through the Libby app on a device:
- Go to MENU > Add Library
- Search for “Mid-Hudson Library System”
- Tap “Sign in with my card”
- Under “Partner Libraries” select “Upper Hudson Library System”
- Sign in using your APL card number (on the back of the card under the barcode)
- Settings you’ve already configured in the Libby app will automatically be applied.
As always, we’re here to help with any questions you may have about this exciting new partnership, as well as the enhanced Libby app and OverDrive website. Please contact us at 518.456.2400 ext. 3 or firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure you are reaping maximum rewards from your GPL library card.
GPL is Fine Free!
March 3, 2022 – Guilderland Public Library has been waiving late fees since the pandemic started in March 2020, giving patrons an extra boost as the library became a vital lifeline for many. We are pleased to announce, in conjunction with Altamont Free Library, that we have made this policy permanent and are officially fine free, embracing a growing trend across America. At last count, 22 of the 29 Upper Hudson Library System (UHLS) libraries have switched to fine-free status.
“Library fines don’t get overdue materials back faster,” according to Guilderland Public Library Director Tim Wiles. “But they do create shame and anxiety among library users, particularly kids, and often contribute to lifelong negative associations with libraries. Eliminating fines fosters goodwill, brings overdue materials back, and, most importantly, increases library usage.”
“Patrons will still be billed for the replacement cost of unreturned items,” Wiles explained. “This method is a more effective way to keep borrowed materials coming back, and far less labor-intensive for library staff, which saves taxpayers money.”
In addition, all 29 local public libraries now offer automatic renewals for most checked out items, further reducing fines at the libraries that still charge them. “Libraries are moving from a punishment model toward an honor system,” concluded Wiles. “These are welcome changes for patrons and staff alike.”
We appreciate the opportunity to serve you. Hope to see you here soon!