Monday, January 31, 2011

MSLIS Monday: New York State Library

NY Highway Sign

Last week, I went to the New York State Library in Albany with a bunch of classmates.  When I lived in Oneonta, I went to Albany often and always meant to go to this library, but never made it.

We were incredibly lucky to not only visit, but a full-day experience with speakers and tours of the building.  As a library student, it was fascinating to hear from librarians who worked there and see places not normally open to the public.

The library has a few different parts.  There is the Research Library, the Division of Library Development and the Talking Book and Braille Library.  Also in the building is the New York State Museum, which, unfortunately, we were only able to take a quick run through.  I will definitely be going back to view the museum displays and get a more in depth look at the genealogy collection.

Over the next few days I will discuss each part of the library in its own blog posting.  Please stay tuned.


  1. What a good post! I go to the NYS Library and Archives often to do genealogy research. The 7th floor is the one to visit for that. Not only is it one of the country's biggest genealogy resources, but it has wi-fi, plenty of readers and copiers and helpful reference staff.
    For the history-minded, the NYS Archives on the 11th floor is equally welcoming.
    In September the New Netherland Research Center was opened, with the specialized knowledge of the 17th-century colony that began what is now New York State. See Russell Shorto's book, "Island at the Center of the World," and you'll get a good overview.
    On line, I also suggest a visit to the site for background.


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