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How to Contact the New York State Library

Phone Numbers

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
State Librarian & Assistant Commissioner for Libraries:
Lauren Moore
Technical Services and Systems:
Liza Duncan
Coordinator of Statewide Library Services (Library Development):
Carol Ann Desch
Library Development 
(or see DLD Organizational and Functional Roster)
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.

E-mail Addresses

For questions about: E-mail:
Reference: E-mail Reference Requests
Borrowing or Circulation:
Interlibrary Loan / Document Delivery:
Manuscripts and Special Collections: Email MSC Reference Requests
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.

Document Delivery Fax Number


Mailing Address

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

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

Hours and Calendar

Division of Library Development:

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

Research Library

  • Monday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Learn how to plan for your next visit.
  • 2022

    Date Library closed for
    January 1 (Saturday) New Year's Day
    January 17 (Monday) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    February 21 (Monday) Washington's Birthday (observed)
    May 30 (Monday) Memorial Day
    June 20 (Monday) Juneteenth (observed)
    July 4 (Monday) Independence Day
    September 5 (Monday) Labor Day
    October 10 (Monday) Columbus Day
    November 11 (Friday) Veterans Day
    November 24 (Thursday) Thanksgiving Day
    December 26 (Monday) Christmas Day (observed)
    Last Updated: March 28, 2022