Library Cards

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The William K. Sanford Town Library is part of the Upper Hudson Library System (UHLS).  This library system is made of twenty nine town libraries in Albany and Rensselaer Counties.  Library cardholders are able to borrow materials from any of these libraries, as well as return most items to any of these locations (please be aware there are some exceptions).

If you are a resident of Albany or Rensselaer County, and 16 years of age or older, you are eligible to have a library card free of charge. You will need to present your valid drivers license, or NYS non-driver identification, or passport. If these documents do not show your current address, you will also need to provide a utility bill, pay stub, or rent receipt showing your name and current address.

Children three to fifteen years old must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian who lives with the child.  This adult must also have a library card.  The parent/legal guardian will co-sign the child’s card as they are responsible for all materials borrowed and fines incurred on the child’s card until the child is 16 years old.  Children who attend school in Colonie, but reside outside Colonie, may receive a library card while they are a student within Colonie (must provide proof of enrollment, such as most recent report card).  Parents will also receive a library card while their child is enrolled in a Colonie school and must cosign their child’s card to assume responsibility for materials and fines as noted above.

Student cards are issued to students not residing in Albany or Rensselaer County who attend a school in the Town of Colonie.  This card is good while the student is enrolled, and is for use only by the student.  Homeschooled children can receive a student card if they present proof of paying Colonie school taxes.  Students must present proof of attendance in their school (such as a report card or letter from the school).  The application must be co-signed by a parent or legal guardian.  The parent or legal guardian must present a valid drivers license or passport and proof of their current address, such as a utility bill, pay stub, or rent receipt showing their name and current address.

College students who are temporary residents because they are attending a college or university in Albany or Rensselaer County may be issued a library card free of charge.  Such students must present a Capital District Library Council Direct Access Program (CDLC DAP) card. This card may be obtained at their college library.  He/she must also present their student identification card and valid driver’s license with their current address and proof of home address.

Agency memberships are available for owners of businesses located in the Town of Colonie.  A business membership is valid for one year, but may be renewed.  It may be used by authorized personnel and is intended for business related work.

Non-residents (patrons living outside Albany or Rensselaer County) may obtain a library card.  There is an annual fee of $25.00, which covers all members of the family living in that same household.  This card can only be used at the library from which it is purchased.  If you are a non-resident, you must present your valid drivers license, or NYS non-driver identification, or passport. If these documents do not show your current address, you will also need to provide a utility bill, pay stub, or rent receipt showing your name and current address.

Visitors to our area may be issued a temporary library card for up to three months by paying a refundable deposit of $25.00. Visitors must present a valid driver’s license, proof of local address (such as a lodging receipt), and proof of their home address.

New cards are effective immediately.

Please contact the Circulation Department with any questions, 518-810-0319.

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