161 Washington Ave.
Albany, New York 12210
Phone: 518-427-4303

Contact: Local History Librarian - 518-427-4376 -


The Pruyn Collection of Albany History at Albany Public Library is a treasure trove of information about the leaders, citizens, buildings, governments, events, and history of New York’s capital city. The collection includes documents about urban renewal, the South Mall construction, city and state government, and African American history.

Albany Public Library’s digital collection on New York Heritage contains a small sample of our local history holdings. The full Pruyn Collection includes thousands of books, photographs, city directories, newspapers, documents, census records, city council minutes, maps, and more.

Albany Public Library is a member of the Capital District Library Council.