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Welcome to the Library!: Getting Started

New Students


Everything you need to know to start using your Library is here!

How Can I Find out More?

Check out the rest of the Library Website to start accessing the library resources you need for your classes.

If you would like to learn more about our services and resources, feel free to schedule a library orientation to using the button below.

Ask Us

In person: Visit the Library Services Desk in Albany or make an appointment with a librarian.

Chat: Chat with an ACPHS librarian. Available whenever the Lewis Library and/or Information Commons are open.

Text: (518) 663-3277. Send texts (SMS) from your phone to get quick answers.


Text: Scan QR code for fast access to text .


Phone: (518) 694-7270




Get Started Using the Library


  • Monday – Thursday: 8am-11pm
  • Friday:      8am-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-9pm 
  • Sunday:    10am-11pm

The Library is open until 9pm during the first week of classes.  Regular semester hours start on August 30th.  Any exceptions to the regular hours are posted on the door and they are always available on our Library Website

You will need your FOB to gain entry to the Library during all hours of operation.  Enter through the gym-side entrance and exit through the front door. To report any problems with your fob, please click here.

Library Card

You can begin checking out library materials at any time.  You are already in our system and your Student ID card also serves as your Library Card.  Please make sure you have it with you when you come to the Library.

Using Library Study Space

  • Be prepared to show a current Share My Health green check mark upon your arrival.
  • Pick your seat and scan the QR Codes on or near your seat to check-in when you arrive and check-out when you leave.
  • Study Rooms are also available to check out and may be used by either groups or individuals. After booking a study room on the Library Website,  check out the key at the front Service Desk with your library card   


Blankets & Beach Chairs

While the weather is still nice we have picnic blankets and beach chairs available for you to borrow for up to three hours and use out on the lawn.

Leisure Collection

Check out our collection of ebooks and audiobooks on OverDrive.

Read or listen to bestsellers and other popular books on your computer, e-reader, or on a mobile device when you download the free Libby app!  Visit our Getting Started guide.


A printer is available for student use in the Library.  There is also one in the Student Center.  For more information link here.