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How to Contact the New York State Library

Office Phone Number
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) 474-7196
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.

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.

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

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

Division of Library Development:

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

Research Library:

The State Library is temporarily closed to the public, but remote services are available.


Date Library closed for
January 1 (Friday) New Year's Day
January 18 (Monday) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
February 15 (Monday) Washington's Birthday (observed)
May 31 (Monday) Memorial Day
July 5 (Monday) Independence Day (observed)
September 6 (Monday) Labor Day
October 11 (Monday) Columbus Day
November 11 (Thursday) Veterans Day
November 25 (Thursday) Thanksgiving Day


Last Updated: April 26, 2021