How to Contact the New York State Library

Research Library Reference Desk: (518) 474-5355

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.

Mailing Address: 

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

(For local information, see Directions, Parking, Where to Stay)

Document Delivery Fax Number: (518) 474-5786

Phone Numbers:
State Librarian & Assistant Commissioner for Libraries:
Bernard A. Margolis
(518) 474-5930
Library Operations: (518) 486-4986
Public Services: (518) 474-2274
Technical Services and Systems:
Liza Duncan
(518) 474-5946
Coordinator of Statewide Library Services:
Carol Ann Desch
(518) 474-7196
Library Development 
(or see DLD Organizational and Functional Roster)
(518) 474-7890
Communications Office (518) 474-5961
Circulation, Borrowing, Renewals, Overdues (518) 473-7895
Document Delivery Unit (518) 474-5145
Documents and Digital Collections (518) 474-6280
Genealogy / Local History (518) 474-5161
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) (518) 474-5383
Legislative Office Building (LOB) Service Point (518) 432-2649
Manuscripts and Special Collections (518) 474-6282
New Netherland Research Center (518) 474-6067
Reference Desk (518) 474-5355
Talking Book and Braille Library (518) 474-5935 or
(800) 342-3688

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

Hours and Calendar

Research Library: Monday - Saturday
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Division of Library Development: Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Legislative Access Point:
(Room 105 LOB) 
Monday - Friday
12:30 - 1:30

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

Date Library closed for
January 1 (Monday) New Year's Day
January 15 (Monday) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
February 19 (Monday) Washington's Birthday (observed)
March 17 (Saturday) building shutdown
May 28 (Monday) Memorial Day
July 4 (Wednesday) Independence Day
September 3 (Monday) Labor Day
October 8 (Monday) Columbus Day
October 27 (Saturday) building shutdown
November 12 (Monday) Veterans Day (observed)
November 22 (Thursday) Thanksgiving Day
December 23 (Saturday) Holiday weekend
December 25 (Tuesday) Christmas
Last Updated: January 2, 2018