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Albany Public Library - Bach Branch

455 New Scotland Avenue

Our lovely Bach Branch is tucked into the heart of the New Scotland neighborhood. Housed for years in a small section of the New Scotland Avenue School, the current branch was newly built in 2010. John J. Bach—an Albany native, 20-year member of the library Board of Trustees, and longtime Albany city school district teacher, principal, and superintendent—is the branch’s namesake. The 8,500-square-foot, one-story building features a glass-walled front rotunda with views of New Scotland Avenue and a Story Garden with seating behind the library.

This branch is a silver LEED-certified building, which means it is energy efficient and sustainably constructed with cost effective “green” systems. With separate spaces, collections, and computers for adults, kids, and teens, our very walkable branch has become a true neighborhood gathering place!


Monday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: Closed


Shawn Smith

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018
Love that there is a library in walking distance. Decent selection and with the easy request process you can get just about anything you want sent here.

Kevin Cornwell

Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017
Cool thanks for everything

Gregory Slocum

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Adnil Oag

Friday, July 31, 2015
Great library! Lots of light and space to read or do work on a laptop. Small selection of books but a good place to visit.

Bruce France

Friday, June 23, 2017
This is a great public library

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