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Albany Library Building

  Albany Library - Interior

The Albany Library opened its current building in January 1994.

Principal Architect: Hal Brandes, Marquis Associates

Project Manager: Jim Karam, Richard Sampson Associates

Citizen Support Groups:

  • Friends of the Albany Library
  • Library/Community Center Design Advisory Committee
  • Albany Center Builders

Size: 15,000 sq.ft.

Book Capacity: over 50,000 volumes

Cost: approximately $4,000,000


  • State of California, $2.6 million (Library Construction & Renovation Bond Act of 1988, through grant administered by State Library)
  • City of Albany & private donations, $1.4 million

Special Features:

  • Edith Stone Room
    Albany resident Edith Stone (1888-1984), an avid reader and lifelong library patron, left her entire estate to the Albany Library, in the hope that generations of children to come would learn the same love of reading that had so enriched her life. Her bequest became the seed money for the construction of the new library building.

    The library's public meeting room is named the Edith Stone Room in her honor.

  • Conference & Quiet Study Rooms
  • Public Use Computers, including Internet access
  • Local History Alcove