Sierra and Encore are Live!

Our new systems are operational… glitchy, but that is to be expected. East Greenbush library has provided a tutorial on how to use your Encore account, so please feel free to check it out!

Cataloging System Upgrade


Upper Hudson Library System will be rolling out a new integrated catalog system over the next few weeks. While the new system provides better service to our customers, you will experience some temporary adjustments while we transition to the new catalog.

Please read on for details about the new system, and know that we appreciate your patience as we get it integrated into our daily operations. And if you have any questions or concerns, please ask us. Staff at all branches are trained on the new system and should be able to discuss the changes with you.

We are changing the computer system that we use to check materials out to you and that you use to manage your library account. The new catalog is a better system and enhancement to our services that will make it easier to search and access our collection of books and materials.

The new catalog will be used at all libraries in Albany and Rensselaer counties (through the Upper Hudson Library System). So, all libraries in these two counties are changing over to the new system between now and March 31.

The new system offers a range of improvements including:

  • Easier searching for materials, including articles
  • Better management of your book cart and library account
  • Option to keep track of items you’ve already borrowed
  • Ability to download eBooks and eAudiobooks right from the catalog

Here are some important dates for you to know:

Until March 29

  • If you have items in “my list” in your current library account, you need to email them to yourself. You will then have to re-enter those items into the new system.

March 23—March 30

  • If you have misplaced your library card, you may be asked for a secondary ID to check out items. (We aren’t issuing new cards during this phase.)

March 23—March 31

  • If you place items on hold during this time, you may not be able to check them out. You will be able to check out these on-hold items starting April 1.

March 30

  • You can check out titles, but you must have a library card to do so
  • You will not be able to pay fines or for lost items, buy replacement cards, get a new library card, place items on hold
  • Access to some online resources (like eBooks, eMagazines, databases) may be limited.

March 31

  • Expect the new catalog to be up and running sometime on this day. Please be patient as we may experience a few glitches here and there.
  • You should be able to access online accounts, place holds, renew items, do searches, download books, and so on.
  • Plan on logging into your account to check the status of any items placed on hold. They should become active this day.

Satisfy Your Desire to Learn

Great Courses


Do you sometimes wish you could go back to school, or just learn more about a topic you are interested in without having to spend your life savings to do so? Well, we might be able to help. Our library has purchased three of “The Great Courses” for you to satisfy that urge. The Great Courses on DVD are for lifelong learners like you, with engaging, immersive learning you can’t get in a lecture hall. You can find other courses in the Upper Hudson Library System as well, so your learning never has to stop.  Come in and give one a try… you won’t regret it!

Snow Update for Story Time

As a reminder, if Hoosic Valley Central School District is closed or delayed due to inclement weather, the Valley Falls Story Time will be postponed and rescheduled to a different date. Please check the website or Facebook for updates before heading over to the library.

Books, Galore!!



Well, it has happened again, and our basement is chock-full of boxes of donated books. If you are interested in Cozy Mysteries, here’s your chance to snag a bag or three for your collection! If you are willing to organize and sort, here’s your chance to do it to your heart’s content!! Any and all help is greatly appreciated, whether you are here to buy or to work.