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1247 Marin Avenue
Albany, CA 94706-1796

               Acting Branch Manager:  Ouida Charles

               Circulation Supervisor: Anica Masand

               Children's Services: Caitlin Ayer

               Teen Services: Vivian Jaquette

               Adult Library Assistant: Paul Straghalis


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  • City of Albany - Information on city government, City Council meetings and agendas, upcoming events, disaster preparedness and more.
  • Albany Unified School District - Includes curriculum, calendar and events, facilities, food service and links to related resources.
  • Albany Middle School - Student handbook, parent resources and library resources.
  • Albany High School - News and events, homework assignments (via School Loop), staff contacts, parent resources, downloadable forms and more.
  • Albany YMCA - Health and recreation programs for all ages.
  • Albany Patch - Local news, event listings and profiles of members of the Albany community.
  • Friends of the Albany Library – information about the Friends, including volunteer opportunities, ways to donate materials, book sales, and events.
  • Local Resource Guides
  • Berkeley Information Network  -- Maintained by Berkeley Public Library, this database provides information on local agencies, organizations, services, clubs, and other community resources. 
  • Solano Avenue Association - Guide to local restaurants and shops and events such as the Solano Stroll.

Board Purpose
Advises the City Council on matters relating to the Albany branch of the Alameda County Library system.

Board Composition:
Members/Term: 5 Council Appointees - Members serve for two years, until the next Municipal Election.

(Roster updated 4/6/2017)

Sue Douglass
Rosalie Gonzales
Cynthia Hegedus
Karen Leeburg
Sarah Levin

Library staff liaison - Ouida Charles, Albany Acting Branch Manager
City of Albany staff liaison - Ronnie Davis -

Bi-monthly (odd numbered months beginning in January of each year), Third Tuesday of the month, 7:00 p.m.
Albany Public Library, Edith Stone Meeting Room
1247 Marin Avenue

Responsible Department
Administration, Staff Liasion - Ronnie Davis

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

The Collection

The Albany Historical Collection comprises a wide range of materials, including books, newspapers, pamphlets, oral histories, photographs, clippings and memorabilia. The majority of the collection consists of material donated by local historian Catherine Webb. As founder and president of the Albany Historical Society, Ms. Webb documented the history of Albany for more than sixty years. In January 1994, to coincide with the opening of the new library building, she donated the entire collection of the Historical Society to the Albany Library, where it is displayed in a special alcove designed to house it.  Since then, several other members of the community have donated additional materials to the library's collection, and the Friends of the Albany Library have generously supported the microfilming of the entire local newspaper collection.

Albany Library Historical Photograph Collection

The Albany Library's Historical Photograph Collection contains more than 600 photographs related to the history of Albany, dating from the 1860s to the present. These photographs were part of the collection of the Albany Historical Society, and were donated to the library in 1994. More photographs are being added to the collection all the time, as materials donated by the Historical Society continue to be processed, and members of the community come forward to make new donations.

In 2001-02, the Albany Library embarked on a project to digitize the Historical Photograph Collection and make access to information about the photographs available through the library's catalog. Federal funding for this project came from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA), administered in California by the State Librarian.

Searching the Collection

Searches will result in a listing of relevant catalog records. Each record contains a thumbnail image and information about the photograph. To see a larger version of the image, click on the thumbnail.

Rights and Restrictions

Unless otherwise noted, all photographs in the collection are the property of the Albany Library. Neither the original photographs nor the digital images in the catalog may be used on the Internet, published, or used in any other way without the expressed, written permission of either the Albany Library or the copyright holder. Contact the Albany Library for access to the original photographs or high-resolution digital scans suitable for printing. One copy of the digital image in the catalog may be printed for personal use only, including school reports. The credit line, "Courtesy of the Albany Library Historical Collection" should accompany any such use.

How You Can Help

  • Can you help us identify some of the people, places and events in these photographs?
  • Are you aware of an error in the information we have provided for a photograph?
  • Do you have photographs or other materials pertaining to the history of Albany that you would like to donate or lend to the Albany Library?

If so, please contact the Albany Library, 1247 Marin Avenue, Albany, CA 94706.

Phone: 510-526-3720
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