Exhibits and Programs

Melvil Dewey, NY State Librarian from 1888-1905

Exhibit: NYS Library Celebrates 200 Years of Knowledge, Heritage and History

April 21, 2018 marks the bicentennial of the New York State Library: it was on that day in April 1818 that Governor DeWitt Clinton signed into law a bill to establish a library at the seat of government in Albany. This month's exhibit takes a look back at the Library's evolution over its 200-year history.

Programs and Classes

All programs are FREE and open to the public.

Upcoming Events or Classes Date and Time
April 2018

NYS Library Open House

New york State Library Bicentennial, 1818-2018Join the Library in celebrating its bicentennial on April 21 -- considered our birthday since it was on that day in 1818 that Governor DeWitt Clinton signed into law a bill to establish the State Library. There will be:

  • exhibits about the Library's history and of some unusual items from our Special Collections (12-4:30 p.m.);
  • information about Library services (12-4:30 p.m.);
  • welcome and birthday cake (about 1 p.m.); and
  • a special showing of the classic movie Desk Set with Spencer tracy and Katharine Hepburn, who plays a corporate librarian (Huxley Theater, 2 p.m.).

This event is free and open to the public; no registration need.

Location: Seventh floor, unless otherwise noted.

April 21, 2018 12-4 PM

Bicentennial Celebration - Speakers Forum on Libraries in the 21st Century
James G. Neal, President of the American Library Association (ALA)

James Neal Jim Neal is University Librarian Emeritus at Columbia University. Previously, he served as the Dean of University Libraries at Indiana University and Johns Hopkins University, and held administrative positions in the libraries at Penn State, Notre Dame, and the City University of New York. Jim is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences, as well as a consultant and published author, with focuses in the areas of scholarly communication, intellectual property, digital library programs, and library cooperation. Press release

The program is open to the public, but pre-registration is recommended.

Location: Cultural Education Center, Huxley Theater (first floor)

April 25, 2018 6:30PM

Online Programs: Selected past programs were recorded and can be viewed online.

Reasonable Accommodation: Please let us know if any reasonable accommodation is required (Americans with Disabilities Act) at least three business days prior to the program date by calling 518-474-2274. The New York State Library and the Cultural Education Center are accessible to visitors with mobility impairments.

Location: Unless otherwise indicated, programs are held in:

Librarians Room
New York State Library
Cultural Education Center, 7th floor
222 Madison Avenue
Albany, NY 12230

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More information: For more information about these classes, call at 518-474-2274.

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Last Updated: April 19, 2018