How to Contact the New York State Library

Phone Numbers:
Reference Desk - Research Library (518) 474-5355
Reference Desk - Manuscripts and Special Collections (518) 474-6282
Talking Book and Braille Library (518) 474-5935 or
(800) 342-3688
State Librarian & Assistant Commissioner for Libraries: Lauren Moore (518) 474-5930
Technical Services and Systems: Liza Duncan (518) 474-5946
Coordinator of Statewide Library Services (Library Development): Carol Ann Desch (518) 474-7196
Library Development 
(or see DLD Organizational and Functional Roster)
(518) 474-7890
Circulation, Borrowing, Renewals, Overdues (518) 473-7895
Digital Collections (518) 474-6280
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and Document Delivery (518) 474-2645
New Netherland Research Center (518) 474-6067

For a more detailed directory, see the State Library Staff Directory.

E-mail Addresses:
For questions about: E-mail:
Reference: E-mail Reference Requests
Borrowing or Circulation:
Interlibrary Loan / Document Delivery:
Manuscripts and Special Collections:
Talking Book and Braille Library:
Division of Library Development: see DLD Organizational and Functional Roster.
Library Web site:

Please do not attach anything to the email you send us. If you do not get a response to or acknowledgement of your inquiry within five business days, please call the Reference Desk at: (518) 474-5355.

Document Delivery Fax Number: (518) 474-5786

Mailing Address: 

New York State Library
Cultural Education Center
222 Madison Avenue
Albany, NY 12230

(For local information, see Visiting the Cultural Education Center)

Hours and Calendar

Division of Library Development:

  • Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Research Library:

The State Library, State Museum and State Archives are temporarily closed.

  • Monday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and
    Second Saturday each month, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Note: 11th floor Research Room closes at 4:30 p.m.

Attention Visitors:


Effective January 1, 2020 the New York State Library will change its Saturday public hours.

The Library will be open only on the second Saturday of each month from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Library will be closed all other Saturdays. The Library remains open weekdays, Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The "Second Saturdays" dates for 2020 are:

  • January 11
  • February 8
  • March 14
  • April 11
  • May 9
  • June 13
  • July 11
  • August 8
  • September 12
  • October 10
  • November 14
  • December 12

The Library is closed on other Saturdays, as well as on Sundays and New York State holidays (based on the NYS Civil Service calendar of legal holidays) as noted below:

Date Library closed for
January 1 (Wednesday) New Year's Day
January 20 (Monday) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
February 17 (Monday) Washington's Birthday (observed)
May 25 (Monday) Memorial Day
September 7 (Monday) Labor Day
October 12 (Monday) Columbus Day
November 11 (Wednesday) Veterans Day
November 26 (Thursday) Thanksgiving Day
December 25 (Friday) Christmas
Last Updated: March 16, 2020