Library News


The Library will be re-opened to the public beginning TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th.

The Library will be OPEN for patrons to come in to browse, use computers, scan, fax & make copies.

A ONE HOUR LIMIT will be allowed per patron.

Limited hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday    10-4 pm

Wednesday     10-6 pm 

Saturday     10-2 pm

  • We request that patrons use the hand sanitizer located at the library entrance before touching library materials.
  • Do your part: wash your hands, wear a mask, and do your best to practice safe social distancing.
  • We ask that patrons sign in when visiting. (contact tracing information) 

  • We will continue curbside pickup for those who do not wish to enter the building. 
  • Computer availability will be limited due to 6- foot social distancing. 
  • Cleaning protocols are in place for the safety of the public and the staff. 
  • Library materials may still be returned outside in the drop-box on the side porch. 
  • Materials coming in from the outside, whether they be returns or requests from other libraries will continue to be quarantined for 3 days. 

If special accommodations are needed please contact the Library Director prior to your visit.  Any questions, please contact us at (518)731-8084.

Thank you in advance for your patience.

We are so excited to see everyone again! 

 Curbside pick-up will continue to be offered:

Order library materials through our website's online catalog or call the library for assistance 518-731-8084.

How does pick-up work?
  • Request your materials and when items are ready we’ll email you.
  • Give us a call to schedule a pick-up time.
  • When you arrive, give us a call and we'll have your materials ready on the side porch.
  • No cell phone? No problem! Just call when you're leaving and we'll be ready for you.
How can I return materials?
  • Please return items to the return drop box on the side porch.

What are we doing to make sure people are as safe as possible?

  • Returned items will be kept in quarantine as advised by the CDC.
  • Note: It may take a little longer to get your materials, so be patient!
  • Staff will be wearing gloves and masks.




The Library District is committed to serving the community during the current health crisis. We are doing all we can to ensure that our buildings are clean and safe and we will appreciate your help in this effort.

If you are exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath) or have been exposed to individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past fourteen (14) days, we ask that you please do not enter the library.   

Thank you for your cooperation.


Storytime Videos on HML’s Facebook page


For families missing our storytime programs, we are posting STORYTIME on our HML Facebook page.

We would like to thank all of the publishers that are allowing libraries to read their books through online storytime programs. (Storytime video links will expire. This timeframe varies by publisher.)

Our goal continues to be a focus on early literacy by helping children build a strong foundation for learning, and encouraging a lifelong love of reading.




Find Journey on our HML Facebook page.

Journey is an Australian labradoodle dog in training. He loves being read to. Take a virtual trip with Journey as he explores our wonderful world through books. Come along and see new places through the eyes of a puppy!


Need Health Insurance?

NYS Health Insurance Coverage Sign-up Assistance by the Healthcare Consortium

First Wednesday of each month from 12:30-4:00 pm

The Columbia County Community Healthcare Consortium's staff will be available for in-person appointments at the HML to assist individuals and small businesses with shopping for, comparing, and enrolling in health coverage through the New York State of Health Marketplace. Sign-up for enrollment assistance or to ask questions on the first Wednesday of each month. (some documentation is needed for enrollment)   Drop-in or call (518) 822-9600 to schedule an appointment. 
  • Clients are strongly encouraged to call ahead to schedule an appointment.
  • Visitors will be required to wear face coverings at all times.
  • No more than three visitors (including children) will be permitted in the meeting at one time.
Columbia County Community Healthcare Consortium, Inc.


Ancestry Research

There is temporary remote access to ANCESTRY LIBRARY EDITION.

Use your LIBRARY CARD number and password for access and Log in HERE

What is the difference between Ancestry.com and Ancestry Library Edition? ancestry and ale 112018.pdf



HML’s friends group is always looking for new members

Friends of Heermance Memorial Library

The Friends of the Library formed in 1991 to raise funds for books. Today, as volunteers, we raise needed funds, develop activities, and sponsor events.

The Friends of Heermance Memorial Library meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6 pm in The Heermance Memorial Library. All are welcome.


Changes to library calendar of events

In the interest of public health, all programs in the library are CANCELED until further notice.

We know this is disappointing news for both staff and the community. Thank you for understanding. 

Please continue to check our website, online calendar and Facebook page for any changes and updates.



Arm Yourself with INFORMATION:

Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately.


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information You Can Trust:

Information from Local, State, and National Agencies:

Look to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for some of the most comprehensive information available regarding the coronavirus outbreak.

Center for Disease Control – Coronavirus page

NYS Dept. of Health - Coronavirus page

Albany County Department of Health - Coronavirus page

Greene County Government - Coronavirus page

Columbia County Dept. of Health - Coronavirus page

Albany Medical Center Hospital - Coronavirus page

St Peter's Hospital - St Peter's Health Partners - Coronavirus page

Columbia Memorial Hospital - Coronavirus page

World Health Organization (WHO)