Library news!

We will no longer charge late fees for children’s books- this includes baby books, picture books, readers, chapter books and fact books.

Credit cards now accepted for lost books!  You can avoid embarrassment and pay for lost books online.  

First, go to your library account and log in- use the full number on your library card, no spaces, and your PIN (which is last 4 digits of your phone number unless you changed it). Click on fines/fees and then select “pay online”.  You can pay with Paypal or a credit card on this encoded site.

Can’t afford to pay? Come talk to us and we will do our best to work it out.


Reading ram

Notary Public available! If you need something notarized, our Director can do that for you. Please call ahead to make sure she’s available, and bring your ID.

Preschool Story-time: Tuesdays at 11 AM. Drop-in story time for ages 2-5 and their caregivers, no sign up needed.

  • 12/17 Gifts
  • 1/7 Year
  • 1/14 Snow
  • 1/21 Names
  • 1/28 Zoo

Author Leroy Collins- Saturday January 11, 1 PM. Former NFL player Leroy Collins discusses his memoir: “The Running Back”. Please call to sign up.

Lego Day– Saturday January 18, 1 PM. Calling all master builders! Create and play with Lego bricks. For ages 5-12, no sign up needed.

Bullet Journal Planner– Wednesday, January 22, 6:30 PM. Learn how to organize your life by customizing a bullet journal. For adults and teens, please sign up.

Friends of the Library- special dinner meeting on December 19, 5:30 PM, contact the Friends of the Rensselaer Library for details.

Holiday Hours: the Library will be closed January 20th. Weather Policy: The Library will be closed if the Rensselaer School District closes due to weather. If it is not a school day, the Director will make a decision based on conditions of roads and the parking lot.

Mango Languages Service, free with Library card!

Learn a new language!

Mango Languages are now available for free through the Upper Hudson Library System!  This is an easy to use, self-paced system for over 70 languages you can access on your computer or on your smartphone (Android and Apple). They have classes for English learners too! You will need your library card to access this from

Please let us know if you need assistance with this new app.