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 study the collections in the library.

The library is open by appointment only. Appointments must be arranged by email with one of the contacts listed below. Please allow at least two weeks to arrange a visit. 

Please email either or

Fees to use the research library: $10 ($8 for students and seniors with ID); free to Albany Institute members. Admission to library is not included with general museum passes.

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.

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.