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Visiting the NYS Library on Saturday, October 1

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:31:00 EDT

Reminder: If you are planning to visit the NYS Library on Saturday, October 1, please be aware that the Race for the Cure will be taking place that morning and there will be traffic issues, including limited parking, in the areas around the Library.



NYS Library and Archives Celebrating Constitution Day on September 17

Fri, 9 Sep 2016 12:55:00 EDT

The New York State Library and Archives will celebrate Constitution Day on Saturday, September 17 with a public display of New York State’s handwritten 1788 copy of the United States Constitution, from the convention in Poughkeepsie where it was ratified. The Constitution Day exhibition will be held on the 7th floor of the Cultural Education Center at 222 Madison Avenue in Albany on Saturday, September 17 from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. In addition, free pocket-sized copies of the Constitution will be distributed on a first come, first-served basis; one per visitor while quantities last. A digital talking book of the Constitution from the New York State Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL) will be available for TBBL patrons as well.



Reminder: NYS Library will be closed Labor Day weekend (September 3-5)

Fri, 2 Sep 2016 12:58 EDT

The New York State Library will be closed on both Saturday, September 3 and Monday, September 5, because of Labor Day. (The Library is always closed on Sunday.)



Two Author programs announced for September 2016

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:13:00 EDT

The New York State Library will offer two author programs in September: On Wednesday, September 21, Jeff Ryan - author, speaker, photographer, avid hiker and former catalog writer at L.L. Bean - will discusses his new book, "Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-Year Hike on America's Trail"; and on Tuesday, September 27, former New York State Archives program director Dr. Bruce W. Dearstyne will discuss his 2015 book, "The Spirit of New York: Defining Events in the Empire State's History." Programs are free to the public, but registration is recommended.



NYS Library will be closed Labor day weekend (September 3-5)

Tue, 2 Aug 2016 15:40 EDT

If you are planning a visit to the New York State Library in early September, please be aware that we will be closed Labor Day weekend, including Saturday, September 3.



NYS Library Website, Catalogs and Public Internet Temporarily Unavailable July 16.

Thu, 14 July 2016 12:45 EDT

The NYS Education Department will be conducting maintenance on servers on Saturday morning, July 16, 2016 that will affect the New York State Library's services, including the Library's website and catalogs, and access to the internet on public PCs. All services should be restored by noon on Saturday.



Reminder: NYS Library closed Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day)

Fri, 27 May 2016 15:30 EDT

Please note that the New York State Library will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2016 for the Memorial Day holiday. We will reopen as usual on Tuesday, May 31.



NYS Library to close early, at 4 p.m., on Thursday, May 19

Wed, 19 May 2016 09:10 EDT

The Cultural Education Center, including the NYS Library, will close early, at 4 p.m., on Thursday, May 19, because of the CDPHP Corporate Workforce Challenge race. Madison Avenue will also be closed to traffic at 4 p.m.



NYS Library closed Saturday, April 23

Mon, 18 Apr 2016 12:40 EDT

Please note that the New York State Library will be closed on Saturday, April 23. The Stae Archives and State Museum will also be closed, because of a scheduled power shutdown in the building.



April exhibit -- Zines and Fringe Cultures: The Factsheet Five Collection

Mon, 18 Apr 2016 12:37 EDT

The New York State Library's seventh floor exhibit for April focuses on zines from the Factsheet Five Collection. Mike Gunderloy donated the business records he had accumulated while publishing the zine Factsheet Five – including issues of publications reviewed in Factsheet Five, ephemera, and mail art – to the New York State Library in 1992. The collection is an excellent resource for researching not only zines themselves but the communities which used them as a means of communication.



March exhibit: Jean Ritchie in New York

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 08:52 EST

During the month of March, the New York State Library’s on-site exhibit focuses on folk music, featuring a selection of photos, books, memorabilia, and dulcimers from the Library's Jean Ritchie Collection. Ritchie moved to New York in 1946 and soon became involved in the burgeoning folksong revival of the 1950s, leading to a remarkable performing and recording career. Her husband, photographer George Pickow, documented her career and achieved his own worldwide fame as a music and arts photographer. The Jean Ritchie Collection is an extensive archive of photographs, books, recordings and performance memorabilia spanning Ritchie's 50 years in music.



March programs

Tue, 1 Mar 2016 10:10:00 EST

The New York State Library has five public programs scheduled for March. Using BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download), which is intended for Talking Book and Braille Library patrons, will take place on Saturday, March 5 at 2 p.m. Author Robert M. Dowling will read from and sign his book, 'Eugene O'Neill: A Life in Four Acts' Thursday, March 10 at 8 p.m. (Co-sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute and the Friends of the NYS Library.) A class on legal and legislative databases will be offered at 2:30 on Thursday, March 17, while the popular 'walking tour' of the Library's local history and genealogy resources will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 19th. Finishing out the month's offerings is Finding Grants Using BigOnline on Saturday, March 26 at 10:30 a.m. Programs are free and open to the public, but registration may be required.



January programs

Thu, 14 Jan 2016 08:50:00 EST

The New York State Library will offer three more public programs in January: Finding Grants Using BigOnline (Thursday, January 21 at 3 p.m.), Genealogy Online with HeritageQuest and Ancestry Library (Saturday, January 23 at 10:30 a.m.), and Foundation Center Online Grant Resources (Saturday, January 30 at 10:30 a.m.). Programs are free and open to the public, but registration is required.



Reference Database Changes

Thu, 14 Jan 2016 08:40:00 EST

The New York State Library has cancelled its subscriptions to the EconLit, Mergent Online and Mergent Bond Viewer databases. Online access to EconLit ended on December 31, 2015; access to the Mergent resources will end on January 31, 2016. The Library has been working to establish a new agreement with Elsevier for ScienceDirect for 2016; however, an agreement is not yet in place, and at this time Elsevier has suspended access to ScienceDirect.



NYS Library closed December 25 and 26

Mon, 7 Dec 2015 08:55:00 EST

Please note that the New York State Library will be closed on both Friday, December 25th and Saturday, December 26. Holiday closings for 2016 have also been posted.



Employment Opportunity: Senior Librarian (Technical Processes)

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 09:18:00 EST

The Office of Cultural Education anticipates filling a Senior Librarian (Technical Processes) position in the Public Services Unit of the New York State Library to serve as the Electronic Resources Librarian, with responsibilities for electronic resources licensing, procurement, management, and problem resolution.



Onsite Exhibit: Maritime and Marine Art

Tue, 10 Nov 2015 16:39:00 EST

The Library's November public floor display, featuring items from our collections related to marine art, was inspired by the artists and themes in the NYS Museum's new exhibit, "The Coast and the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America."



Visiting the NYS Library on Saturday, October 3?

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 09:14:00 EDT

Reminder: If you are planning to visit the NYS Library on Saturday, October 3, please be aware that the Race for the Cure will be taking place that morning and there will be traffic issues, including limited parking, in the areas around the Library.



Onsite Exhibit: Ancient Egypt

Tue, 8 Sep 2015 15:54:00 EDT

The New York State Library's public floor exhibit for September features uncommon works on ancient Egypt, including some unusual large-format volumes.



Visiting the NYS Library on Saturday, May 30?

Thu, 28 May 2015 07:35:00 EDT

Reminder: If you are planning to visit the NYS Library on Saturday, May 30, please be aware that the Freihofer's Run for Women will be taking place that morning. There may be traffic issues, including limited parking, in the areas around the Library.



Visiting the NYS Library on Thursday, May 21?

Wed, 20 May 2015 15:52:00 EDT

If you are planning to visit the NYS Library on Thursday, May 21, please be aware that the Corporate Challenge, the largest road race in the area, will be taking place that evening. Starting in the afternoon, there may be some traffic issues on Madison Avenue and other areas around the Library, including road closures and limited parking.



Onsite Exhibit: Capital Region Inventors

Wed, 20 May 2015 15:44:00 EDT

Since May is National Inventors Month, the New York State Library's seventh floor exhibit for this month focuses on the inventors from New York's capital region, particularly from the cities of Albany, Schenectady and Troy.



May programs announced

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:29:00 EST

The New York State Library will offer four public programs in May: Foundation Center Online Grant Resources (Saturday, May 2 at 10:30 a.m.), Genealogy Online with HeritageQuest and Ancestry Library (Saturday, May 9 at 10:30 a.m.), Using BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) (also Saturday, May 9, but at 2 p.m.) and Shout Aloud in Songs of Glory - A Discussion and Performance with the Enfield Shaker Singers (Saturday, May 16 at 3 p.m.). Programs are free to the public, but registration may be required.



Onsite Exhibit: Environmental Conservation

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:20:00 EDT

In honor of Earth Day (April 22), the New York State Library's seventh floor exhibit for April focuses on the environment. NYS publications document environmental conservation efforts in New York, while Federal documents highlight some educational materials, and books and "zines" illustrate the wide variety of environmental concerns facing the world.



Onsite Exhibit: Black History Month

Tue, 3 Feb 2015 13:50:00 EST

The NYS Library's seventh floor exhibit for February celebrates Black History Month with a display of posters and books from Manuscripts and Special Collections as well as the general collections.



January program: Whatever Happened to Watervliet? The politics behind why New Lebanon became "the Center of Union"

Mon, 5 Jan 2015 14:12:00 EST

On Thursday, January 15, 2015, Stephen Paterwic, author of the "Historical Dictionary of the Shakers," will present the story of why the New Lebanon community gained prominence over the Watervliet community. Registration is recommended.



NYS Library closed Monday, October 13, for Columbus Day

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 12:15:00 EDT

Reminder: The New York State Library is closed on New York's legal holidays, including Columbus Day in October (Monday. October 13, 2014) and Veterans' Day in November (Tuesday, November 11, 2014).



Onsite Exhibit: Birds Down Under

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:44:00 EDT

The current exhibit on the public floor of the New York State Library highlights some of our rich ornithological holdings, with an emphasis on Australia and the surrounding Pacific, including 'A General History of Birds' by John Latham (published in ten volumes between 1821 and 1828) and 'Birds of Australia' by Gregory Mathews (published in 75 royal quarto parts between 1910 and 1927).



Planning to visit the NYS Library on Saturday, September 13?

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:43:00 EDT

If you will be visiting the NYS Library on Saturday, September 13, 2014, please be aware that the Race for the Cure is taking place on Madison Avenue during the morning. Although the Library will be open to visitors during the race, parking lots on either side of the Cultural Education Center will not be available Saturday morning, and Madison Avenue will be closed to traffic until about noon or 12:30.



September program: The Tupper Lake Adirondack Club Lawsuit (Sept. 17)

Tue, 2 Sep 2014 12:32:00 EDT

Speakers Peter Bauer (Protect the Adirondacks!), Roger Downs (Sierra Club, Atlantic Chapter), and Willie Janeway (Adirondack Council) will discuss the July 3, 2014 decision by the Appellate Court that confirms a 2012 decision by the Adirondack Park Agency to allow developers to build 600 "second homes" in the Adirondack Park at Tupper Lake. Wednesday, September 17 at 12:12 p.m.



Limited parking Tuesday and Wednesday, July 29-30, 2014

Mon, 28 July 2014 08:47:00 EDT

If you will be visiting the NYS Library this week, please be aware that there will be limited parking on Tuesday and Wednesday (July 29th and 30th) because the bar exam is being given at the Empire State Plaza.



Missed Russell Shorto's talk in June? Now you can view it online.

Mon, 21 July 2014 15:42:00 EDT

In June, Russell Shorto, author of 'The Island at the Center of the World' and 'Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City,' was at the NYS Library to talk about Dutch cultural heritage from Amsterdam and its influence on Albany, New York. Thanks to the Friends of the New York State Library, a video of Shorto's talk is now available online.



Exhibit: 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs

Mon, 21 July 2014 15:32:00 EDT

The NYS Library is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the 1939 World's Fair and the 50th anniversary of the 1964 World's Fair, both held in New York, with an exhibit on the seventh floor. The display uses the Library's varied collections - including photos and ephemera from Manuscripts and Special Collections, books and NYS documents from the general collections, and news articles from our online research databases - to look at the attractions, the excitement, the hype and the controversy that made up the New York World's Fairs.



Public Program: 150 Years of Racing in Saratoga (July 15)

Mon, 14 July 2014 12:53:00 EDT

Please join us on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 (12:15-1:15 pm), as Robert Allan Carter shares stories from his 2013 book "150 Years of Racing in Saratoga: Little-Known Stories and Facts from America's Most Historic Racing City" in preparation for the upcoming Saratoga racing season. Sponsored by the Friends of the New York State Library.



Reminder: From Amsterdam to Albany: An Address by Russell Shorto on June 19

Tue, 17 June 2014 09:25:00 EDT

Please join us on Thursday, June 19, 2014, at 6:00 pm, for a talk and book signing by Russell Shorto, the 2013 New Netherland Research Center Senior Scholar and author of The Island at the Center of the World and Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City. Shorto will talk about Dutch cultural heritage from Amsterdam and its influence on Albany, New York. Sponsored by the Friends of the New York State Library; co-sponsored by the New York State Library.



Program - From Amsterdam to Albany: An Address by Russell Shorto

Wed, 28 May 2014 15:30:00 EDT

Please join us on Thursday, June 19, 2014, at 6:00 pm, for a talk and book signing by Russell Shorto, the 2013 New Netherland Research Center Senior Scholar and author of The Island at the Center of the World and Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City. Shorto will talk about Dutch cultural heritage from Amsterdam and its influence on Albany, New York. Sponsored by the Friends of the New York State Library; co-sponsored by the New York State Library.



NYS Library - Access rerouted through Concourse level on May 31

Wed, 28 May 2014 15:25:00 EDT

If you are considering a visit to the New York State Library on Saturday, May 31, 2014, please be aware that access to the Library will be affected by the Freihofer's Run for Women, which is taking place in downtown Albany that day. Although the New York State Library will be open on Saturday, the Madison Avenue street level entrance will be closed for both public and staff access from 6 a.m. until after the race, so visitors will need to access the building via the Concourse level. Parking on either side of the Cultural Education Center, or on Madison Avenue itself, will also be unvailable on Saturday.



NYS Library to close at 2:30 on Thursday, May 15

Tue, 13 May 2014 09:20:00 EDT

If you are considering a visit to the New York State Library on Thursday, May 15, 2014, please be aware that the Library will be closing early, at 2:30 in the afternoon, because of the Workforce Team Challenge race.



Reminder: Henry Johnson--Hero of Harlem's Rattlers (April 25)

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:14:00 EDT

Please join us on April 25, at 5:30 p.m., for "Henry Johnson--Hero of Harlem's Rattlers: The Man and the Legend." The presenter, Dr. Jeffrey Sammons, is one of the co-authors of the new book "Harlem's Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American Quest for Equality." This program is co-sponsored by the Friends of the New York State Library.



NYS Library Public Computers Unavailable until further notice

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:08:00 EDT

The 7th floor public computers continue to be unavailable.



Planning to visit the NYS Library today, April 10?

Thu, 01 Apr 2014 09:45:00 EDT

If you are considering a visit to the New York State Library today (Thursday, April 10, 2014), please be aware that there may be traffic and parking issues this afternoon, affecting Madison Avenue and Eagle Street, because of an event at the Cathedral, which is next to our building. Library and Museum visitors will not be able to park in the Cathedral Lot.



New April Program: Henry Johnson--Hero of Harlem's Rattlers

Tue, 8 Apr 2014 12:55:00 EDT

The New York State Library has added another program to its April 2014 schedule. Please join us on April 25 for "Henry Johnson--Hero of Harlem's Rattlers: The Man and the Legend," a presentation by Dr. Jeffrey Sammons, co-author of the new book "Harlems Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American Quest for Equality." This program is co-sponsored by the Friends of the New York State Library.



NYS Library Public Computers Unavailable April 9 - 12, 2014

Tue, 8 Apr 2014 12:48:00 EDT

The 7th floor public computers will be unavailable from Wednesday, April 8th through Saturday, April 12th so that the public computers can be upgraded.



NYS Library Programs for March and April

Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:26:00 EDT

The New York State Library has scheduled several public programs about Library resources for the end of March and April 2014: Grant Resources Online (offered both March 27 and April 19); Genealogy Online (March 29); State Capital Universe and Loislaw Online (April 3); Genealogy and Local History Resources (April 12); and Using the Braille and Audio Reading Download, or BARD (April 12). In addition, the Friends of the NYS Library, in conjunction with the NYS Writers Institute, will sponsor a reading by Julia Glass on April 3. All programs are free and open to the public; however, space is limited so registration may be required for some programs.



Reminder: NYS Library closed Saturday, March 8

Wed, 5 Mar 2014 14:23:00 EST

The New York State Library, as well as the State Archives and State Museum, will be closed on Saturday, March 8, 2014, because of an electrical shutdown in the building.



Online Newsletter for NYS Employees - Winter Issue

Mon, 3 Mar 2014 15:37:00 EST

The winter 2014 issue of "Library News For You," our quarterly electronic newsletter for New York State employees, is now available. This issue features information on the journals "Environmental Law in NY" and "Mergent Bond Record" as well as notable state documents.



Looking for 2013 tax forms?

Tue, 25 Feb 2014 09:05:00 EST

New York State and Federal tax forms and booklets are now available on the 7th floor of the New York State Library.



NYS Library closed Saturday, March 8

Tue, 14 Jan 2014 09:20:00 EST

The New York State Library, as well as the State Archives and State Museum, will be closed on Saturday, March 8, 2014, because of an electrical shutdown in the building. If you are considering a visit the Library in early March, please plan accordingly.



NYS Library Catalog unavailable Sunday, December 8

Fri, 6 Dec 2013 14:48:00 EST

The New York State Library's catalog will be unavailable Saturday evening, December 7, through Monday morning, December 9. We apologize for the inconvenience.



NYS Library Announces Programs for December

Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:46:00 EDT

The New York State Library will offer three public programs focusing on Library resources in December 2013: "State Capital Universe and Loislaw Online" (Tuesday, December 3); a "Walking Tour of the Local History and Genealogy Resources at the New York State Library" (Thursday, December 5, 2013); and "Grant Resources Online at the New York State Library" (Saturday, December 7). All programs are free and open to the public; however, space is limited so registration is required.



Exhibit - Dallas, 11/22/63: 50 Years Later

Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:35:00 EDT

The New York State Library's seventh floor exhibit for November and December commemorates the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, with an array of newspaper headlines, magazines, books, government documents and even political cartoons drawn from a variety of the Library's collections.



NYS Library Offers Two Research Classes in November

Fri, 8 Nov 2013 12:40:00 EDT

The New York State Library will offer two public programs focusing on research databases in November 2013: "Grant Resources Online at the New York State Library" (Saturday, November 16) and "Genealogy Online with HeritageQuest and Ancestry Library" (Saturday, November 23). Both programs are free and open to all New York State employees and the general public; however, since these are hands-on classes, seating is limited and pre-registration is required.



NYS Library Catalog unavailable October 28-29

Mon, 28 Oct 2013 08:55:00 EDT

Reminder: The New York State Library's catalog is unavailable today and tomorrow (Monday, October 28 and Tuesday, October 29) while we upgrade our system.



Exhibit - Monsters of the Stacks: Bigfoot and Beyond

Thu, 10 Oct 2013 13:07:00 EDT

From Columbia County's "Kinderhook Creature" to the famed Himalayan Yeti, Bigfoot-like beings have long been reputed to roam the earth, leaving large humanoid footprints in their hairy wake. October's New York State Library exhibit explores this mysterious phenomenon from a wide range of perspectives. It also includes books about the Loch Ness Monster (and other lake and river leviathans), general works on cryptozoology, and spooky stories from around the state in honor of Halloween. In addition, it features "The Wilderness Hunter" by Theodore Roosevelt, which contains an astonishing account of a fateful Sasquatch encounter in Idaho around 1890; and three books by NYSL employee Bruce Hallenbeck, who will be speaking about Bigfoot and signing copies of his latest work, "Monsters of New York," in the Museum's Huxley Theater on Saturday, October 12, at 2:00 P.M.



Programs for October

Wed, 2 Oct 2013 08:00:00 EDT

The New York State Library has scheduled four public programs for October 2013. On Wednesday, October 2, Stuart Lehman, Education Coordinator for the NYS Capitol, presents "Historical Ghost Legends of the New York State Capitol." On October 3, Library staff will discuss "Finding Industry Standards and Specification and Building Codes at the NYSL." On Saturday, October 12, author and cryptozoologist Bruce Hallenbeck will discuss his new book, "Monsters of New York." And on October 19, Library staff will present a hands-on class on "Historical Newspapers Online at the New York State Library." Please join us for one or more of these free presentations!



Library News for You - summer issue

Wed, 4 Sep 2013 16:32:00 EDT

The New York State Library is pleased to provide the latest edition of its electronic newsletter for state agency employees: Library News For You. The newsletter contains information on programs and services of interest to state agency employees.



Library hours to change starting September 3, 2013

Fri, 30 Aug 2013 15:55:00 EDT

Planning a morning visit to the NYS Library? Please note that, effective September 3, 2013, the Office of Cultural Education will implement a uniform start time for hours of operation in the public areas of the State Museum, State Library, and the State Archives. This means that the Library will open at 9:30 a.m. (instead of 9 a.m.) Monday through Friday.



Reminder: NYSL Catalog unavailable today (Thursday, August 22)

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 08:25:00 EDT

The NYS Library catalog will be unavailable on Thursday, August 22, 2013, while we upgrade our system. We apologize for any inconvenience.



NYSL Catalog unavailable Thursday, August 22

Thu, 15 Aug 2013 08:25:00 EDT

The NYS Library catalog will be unavailable on Thursday, August 22, 2013, while we upgrade our system.



Exhibit: Behind the 1963 March on Washington

Thu, 15 Aug 2013 08:22:00 EDT

In commemoration of its 50th anniversary, this month's display on the 7th floor of the New York State Library focuses on the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The State Library exhibit explores the events that led up to the march through the use of images and quotations selected from resources in the Library's collections.



Exhibit: New York Children's Literature

Mon, 15 Jul 2013 11:00:00 EDT

From a "sea monster" named Oley to a "postal dog" called Owney, this month's exhibit is all about New York State children's literature at the New York State Library. In conjunction with the statewide Summer Reading Program, the display covers children's and young adult books from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries -- from Albany to Buffalo, and Lake Tear of the Clouds to New York Harbor. It reflects the history of Native Americans like the Iroquois and the Mohawk, as well as the Dutch influence in New Netherland and New Amsterdam. Also featured is a selection of works of works by well-known Albany authors and illustrators, such as Louis Slobodkin and Dorothy P. Lathrop. The exhibit will be available for viewing on the 7th floor of the New York State Library during the month of July.



Catalog will be down

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:00:00 EDT

NYS Library catalog will be unavailable from 5 PM Friday, June 21 through 2 PM Saturday, June 22, 2013.



Onsite Exhibit: Sunset magazine

Thu, 6 Jun 2013 09:02:00 EDT

Check out the Library's June exhibit on this interesting periodical. The seventh floor exhibit features Sunset covers from the turn of the last century through the mid-1930s. Text and some images are available on line, or if you'll be in the downtown Albany area this month, drop in for a closer look at these beautiful illustrations.



Additional programs announced for June

Thu, 30 May 2013 16:20:00 EDT

The New York State Library has scheduled three additional public programs for June 2013. On June 11, David Hochfelder will discuss his book, "The Telegraph in America, 1832-1920"; on June 15, David Fiske will present an introductory session on the "Basics of genealogy"; and on June 29, Library staff will demonstrate databases that provide access to full-text historical newspapers. Please join us for one or more of these free presentations!



Saturday, June 1, 2013

Thu, 30 May 2013 16:09:00 EDT

To accommodate the Freihofer's Run for Women on Saturday, June 1, 2013, the main entrance to the Cultural Education Center will be closed. Visitors to the State Library, Archives and Museum must use the Concourse Level entrance from the Empire State Plaza.



NYS Library to close one hour early on Thursday, May 16

Thu, 16 May 2013 09:05:00 EDT

The New York State Library, as well as the State Archives and State Museum, will close at 4 p.m. today, May 16, 2013, because of the CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge race scheduled for this evening.



Join us for these June programs

Fri, 26 Apr 2013 13:13:00 EDT

The New York State Library is pleased to announce two free public programs to be held during June: a "Walking Tour of the Local History and Genealogy Resources at the NYS Library" (June 8, 2013) and "Lawrence Van Alstyne and his book, Diary of an Enlisted Man," presented by historian Steve Trimm (June 22, 2013).



May programs announced

Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:12:00 EDT

The New York State Library has scheduled four free public programs for May: Author Russell Shorto Previews His New Book, "Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City" (Friday, May 3); Genealogy Online with HeritageQuest and Ancestry Library (Saturday, May 4, 2013); Walking Tour of the Local History and Genealogy Resources at the NYSL (Saturday, May 11, 2013) and Civil War Medicine: Myth and Reality (Saturday, May 25, 2013). Please join us for one or more of these presentations!



Russell Shorto to preview his newest book on May 3rd

Thu, 18 Apr 2013 10:50:00 EDT

Russell Shorto popularized the history of New Netherland, the Dutch colony in America, in his best-selling book "The Island at the Center of the World." In his newest book, due out later in 2013, Shorto has shifted his focus across the Atlantic to The Netherlands, specifically the city of Amsterdam. Join us at 7 p.m. on May 3rd, when Shorto will preview his soon-to-be-published book, "Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City."



Some of our online and print resources are temporarily unavailable

Wed, 10 Apr 2013 16:13:00 EDT

Some of our online and print resources are temporarily unavailable. Please contact the Reference Desk for assistance at 518-474-5355. We apologize for the inconvenience.



NYS Library plans six free programs for April 2013

Fri, 29 Mar 2013 15:42:00 EDT

The New York State Library will offer six public programs in April: Author Marguerite Holloway will discuss her new book, "The Measure of Manhattan" (Thursday, April 11); The Civil War and Baseball (Saturday, April 13); State Capital Universe and Loislaw Online databases (Thursday, April 18); Finding Industry Standards and Specifications at the New York State Library (Saturday, April 20); Big Online and FoundationSearch databases (Thursday, April 25); and Elmer Ellsworth: The Most Talked About Man in the Country (Saturday, April 27). All programs are free, but registration is recommended, and in some cases, required.



Onsite Exhibit: Women Make History

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 10:17:00 EDT

In celebration of Women's History month, the New York State Library's seventh-floor exhibit for March 2013 showcases some of the stories of New York women who left legacies in their respective fields. The stories of politicians, writers, athletes, suffragettes, and other leaders are featured in materials from the Library's holdings.



Online Newsletter for NYS Employees - Winter Issue

Fri, 15 Mar 2013 09:05:00 EDT

The winter 2013 issue of "Library News For You," our quarterly electronic newsletter for State employees, is now available. This issue features information on government podcasting.



NYS Library closed Saturday, March 9

Fri, 1 Mar 2013 09:20:00 EST

The New York State Library, as well as the State Archives and State Museum, will be closed on Saturday, March 9, 2013, because of an electrical shutdown in the building.



Check out the NYS Library's March programs

Mon, 25 Feb 2013 13:31:00 EST

The New York State Library will offer five public programs in March: Big Online and FoundationSearch databases (March 2); Talking Book Services at the NYS Library (March 7); Christa Parravani Talks about Her New Acclaimed Memoir, "her" (March 7, co-sponsored by the NYS Writers Institute); Abstract Expressionism and the African-American Artist (March 13); and A Waking Tour of the Local History and Genealogy Resources at NYSL (March 16). Programs are free, but registration is recommended, and in some cases, required.



Programs planned for Saturday, February 9, 2013 have been cancelled.

Thu, 7 Feb 2013 13:54:00 EST

Due to the anticipated snow storm on Friday and Saturday, the NYS Library has cancelled the two programs that were scheduled for Saturday, February 9 -- "Lawrence Van Alstyne and his book, Diary of an Enlisted Man" and "Using BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download." We intend to reschedule both programs at a later date; when that has been arranged, we will post the information on our web site.



TBBL is now on Facebook

Wed, 30 Jan 2013 15:44:00 EST

The New York State Library's Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL), which provides audio or braille books to upstate New Yorkers who cannot read traditional print, now has its own Facebook page. If you are a TBBL patron or are interested in learning more about TBBL, find us on Facebook to get information about services, events, books, and more.



Looking for NYS tax forms?

Fri, 18 Jan 2013 16:00:00 EST

The New York State Library has a large selection of New York State tax forms available on the 7th floor of the Cultural Education Center. Federal forms will be added as they become available.



Library web site unavailable January 18, 2013, between 7 and 10 p.m.

Fri, 18 Jan 2013 13:47:00 EST

The Library's Web site will be unavailable for about three hours this evening (Friday, January 18, 2013), between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., while repairs are made to network equipment.



In the News: Gehring featured in Narratively article

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 12:46:00 EST

The online journal Narratively's article, "Decoding the Dutch," published January 10, 2013, features the NYS Library's Charles Gehring, head of the New Netherland Project, and his decades of work translating colonial Dutch documents.



Onsite Exhibit: New York State Winter Wonderland

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 12:40:00 EST

The New York State Library seventh-floor exhibit for January features winter-themed materials, from 'I Love NY' tourism annuals to large-format posters, including a run of bobsledding beauties from the 1932 Lake Placid Winter Olympics and beyond. Most of the items come from the Library's collection of New York State documents.



C-SPAN programs on Albany, including NYS Library, to be broadcast Dec. 8-9

Fri, 7 Dec 2012 15:57:00 EST

As part of C-SPAN's 2012 LCV Cities Tour, a team visited the Capital Region in November to film segments on Albany's cultural heritage for Book TV (on C-SPAN2) and American History TV (on C-SPAN3). C-SPAN will broadcast the Albany programs on December 8 and 9, 2012.



Online Newsletter for NYS Employees - Fall Issue

Fri, 7 Dec 2012 10:23:00 EST

The twentieth issue of "Library News For You," our quarterly electronic newsletter for State employees, is now available. This issue features information on using social media in government.



NOVELNY Database Survey for the Library Community

Wed, 7 Nov 2012 10:28:00 EST

The New York State Library is seeking your help. We are asking for your feedback on the NOVELNY databases. This survey is composed of only 14 questions. The deadline for completing the survey is 11/20/2012. Your participation is important as your feedback is an integral part of the selection of NOVELNY content. Information on NOVELNY can be found at http://novelnewyork.org/.



Emancipation Proclamation touring exhibit finishes with November stops in Binghamton, Utica and Albany

Thu, 1 Nov 2012 08:05:00 EDT

The touring exhibit "First Step to Freedom: Abraham Lincoln's Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation" concludes in November. The exhibit, which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the document, will finish with stops in Binghamton at the Roberson Museum and Science Center on November 1-2; in Utica at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute on November 6-7; and in Albany, at the New York State Museum/Library building on November 9-10.



Check out the NYS Library's public programming for November

Thu, 1 Nov 2012 07:55:00 EDT

The New York State Library will offer five public programs in November: Civil War Resources Available at the NYS Library and NYS Archives (November 3); Big Online and FoundationSearch databases (November 10); Using Braille and Audio Reading Download, or BARD (also on November 10); Genealogy Online with HeritageQuest and Ancestry Library (November 17); and The New Netherland Research Center: Promoting Scholarship and Knowledge of this 17th century Dutch Colony in North America (November 28). Programs are free, but registration is required for most of them.



Preparing your Institution for Hurricane Sandy

Mon, 29 Oct 2012 08:00:00 EDT

Advice from the Heritage Emergency National Task Force to museums, libraries, archives, and historical societies for protecting collections and records from wind and water damage.



Emancipation Proclamation touring exhibit continues, adds stop in Utica

Mon, 15 Oct 2012 14:48:00 EDT

One of the NYS Library's treasures, the handwritten draft of Abraham Lincoln's Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, is currently traveling to cities across New York State as part of the exhibit "First Step to Freedom: Abraham Lincoln's Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation." The exhibit, which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the document, is at the Tilles Center at LIU Post on Long Island today and tomorrow, October 15 and 16, and it it will be in Plattsburgh later this week, on the 19th. An additional stop in Utica, in early November, has also been added to the schedule.



NYS Library Invites Applications for 2013 Research Residency Grants

Mon, 15 Oct 2012 09:58:00 EDT

The New York State Library is accepting applications for the 2013 Research Residency grants for research in New York State history. The 2013 program will include four Cunningham residencies of $1,000 and one Quinn fellowship of $2,500. Researchers interested in conducting original research at the New York State Library should submit an application by January 25, 2013.



Visitor Parking on Saturday, October 6, 2012

Mon, 1 Oct 2012 14:30:00 EDT

If you are planning to visit the New York State Library on Saturday, October 6, 2012, please be aware that the Race for the Cure will be taking place that morning and portions of Madison Avenue, including the section in front of the Cultural Education Center and the entrances to the parking lots on either side of the building, will be closed while the Race is taking place.



Public programs for October and November announced

Tue, 25 Sep 2012 16:55:00 EDT

The New York State Library will offer a variety of public programs in October and November. Several focus on aspects of the Civil War, in keeping with the ongoing commemoration of its sesquicentennial; others highlight various resources available at the Library. Programs are free, but registration is required for most of them.



Exhibit: "With the President's Permission..."

Thu, 20 Sep 2012 15:35:00 EDT

The Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation was issued on September 22, 1862. In comemmoration of its 150th anniversary, the Library's seventh floor exhibit for the fall of 2012 tells the story of how the State Library acquired Abraham Lincoln's original, handwritten draft of the proclamation - a priceless historic document that will be part of the touring exhibit "First Step to Freedom" over the next couple months.



Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation

Tue, 18 Sep 2012 15:38:00 EDT

One of the NYS Library's treasures, the handwritten draft of Abraham Lincoln's Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, will travel to eight cities across New York State this fall as part of the exhibit "First Step to Freedom: Abraham Lincoln's Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation." The exhibit commemorates the 150th anniversary of the document.



Program: "Boss Billy, Mr. Smith and Honest Abe"

Tue, 18 Sep 2012 15:25:00 EDT

Using resources drawn from the State Library's Manuscripts and Special Collections Unit, Paul Mercer, senior librarian in the State Library, will tell the story of how New York acquired Abraham Lincoln's handwritten draft of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. This program, which is part of the New York State Museum's Civil War lecture series, takes place on Thursday September 20.



NYS Library Digital Collections Restored

Wed, 5 Sep 2012 14:30:00 EDT

Access to the New York State Library's Digital Collections has been restored. If you were experiencing problems viewing documents (or accessing the catalog), please try again.



Online Newsletter for NYS Employees - Summer Issue

Fri, 31 Aug 2012 12:00:00 EDT

The nineteenth issue of "Library News For You," our quarterly electronic newsletter for State employees, is now available. The August 2012 issue features information on the Talking Book and Braille Library and publications for sale.



Check out the public programs offered in September

Mon, 27 Aug 2012 15:29:00 EDT

The New York State Library will offer four programs during September 2012: a "Walking Tour of the Local History and Genealogy Resources at the NYS Library" (September 15); a hands-on training session on using the "Foundation Center Online Grant Resources" (September 22); a presentation on the 1970 and 1971 "Excavations of Fort Orange" (September 26); and a hands-on training session on using "Online Newspapers Available at the NYSL for Civil War Research" (September 29). Programs are free, but registration is required for most of them.



NYS Library Catalog Down Intermittently

Wed, 22 Aug 2012 14:05:00 EDT

The New York State Library is experiencing intermittent difficulty with its online catalog.



Exhibit: "Tide" magazine

Thu, 2 Aug 2012 11:18:00 EDT

The NYS Library's August seventh floor exhibit features "The Tide of Advertising and Marketing," a trade journal with interesting content and rich graphics. The Library's collection includes issues of "Tide" published between 1933 and 1959 - as well as many other trade and industry magazines!



Online Exhibit: Battle of Seven Pines

Fri, 20 Jul 2012 16:28:00 EDT

Many New York regiments participated in the Battle of Seven Pines, also known as the Battle of Fair Oaks, which took place on May 31 and June 1, 1862, in Henrico County, Virginia. As part of its commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, the NYS Library has created an online exhibit of illustrations depicting the battle. It is the latest in a series of exhibits featuring black-and-white Civil War illustrations published in magazines of the era such as Harper's Weekly and New York Illustrated News.