The Albany Institute of History & Art library is a special-collections library with over one million items related to the art, history, and culture of the upper Hudson Valley from the seventeenth century to the present. Although library items do not circulate, researchers are welcome to study the collections in the library.
The library is open Thursday afternoons from 1 to 4:30 pm. Library collections can be made available at other times by pre-scheduled appointment.
Collections include almanacs, architectural renderings, bibles, books, ephemera, certificates and land deeds, manuscripts, maps, photographs, posters and broadsides, scrapbooks, and vertical files. Curatorial and library materials are frequently collected to support and document one another; together they provide a more nuanced picture of the Hudson Valley region over time.
Permission for use of or reproduction of an image or text related to the Albany Institute of History & Art is available. Please consult the rights and reproductions fee schedule for more information.