Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.
The Library’s mission is to make its resources available and useful to the Congress and the American people and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations. The Office of the Librarian is tasked to set policy and to direct and support programs and activities to accomplish the Library’s mission.
Websites and contact information for all 66 libraries in the Mid-Hudson Library System from Columbia, Greene, Dutchess, Ulster, and Putnam Counties.
New York State Library
The New York State Library is part of the Office of Cultural Education, within the New York State Education Department. The Library serves three major constituencies:
The Research Library, which was established in 1818, collects, preserves and makes available materials that support State government work. The Library’s collections, now numbering over 20 million items, may also be used by other researchers on-site, online and via interlibrary loan.
The Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL) lends braille and recorded books and magazines, and related equipment to residents of the 55 upstate counties of New York State who are unable to read printed materials because of a visual or physical disability.
The Division of Library Development works in partnership with 73 library systems to bring library services to the millions of people who use New York’s academic, public, school and special libraries. Library Development also administers State and Federal grant programs that provide aid for library services.
Upper Hudson Libraries
Websites and contact information for public libraries in the Capital District.
Valatie Free Library
The Valatie Free Library serves the village of Valatie and the hamlet of Niverville and is part of the Mid-Hudson Library System.