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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
(800) 342-3688
State Librarian & Assistant Commissioner for Libraries:
Lauren Moore
(518) 474-5930
Technical Services and Systems:
Liza Duncan
(518) 474-5946
Coordinator of Statewide Library Services (Library Development):
Carol Ann Desch
(518) 474-7196
Library Development 
(or see DLD Organizational and Functional Roster)
(518) 474-7196
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

(518) 474-5786

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:

The NYS Library is open Monday through Friday, 9:30 am–5 pm. Learn how to plan for your next visit.


Date Library closed for
January 1 (Friday) New Year's Day
January 18 (Monday) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
February 15 (Monday) Washington's Birthday (observed)
May 31 (Monday) Memorial Day
July 5 (Monday) Independence Day (observed)
September 6 (Monday) Labor Day
October 11 (Monday) Columbus Day
November 11 (Thursday) Veterans Day
November 25 (Thursday) Thanksgiving Day
Last Updated: August 6, 2021