Library Collections

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 come study the collections in the library!

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.

The library is currently open by appointment only from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Reach out to Chief Curator, Doug McCombs, at for appointments.



Albany Institute of History & Art
125 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210



Admission to library: $10 for the day ($8 for students and seniors); free to Albany Institute members.

Admission to library not included with general museum passes.


Rights and Reproductions

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, or reach out to Laura Morrill at