Library News

Curbside Pick-up

The Heermance Memorial Library will return to CURBSIDE PICK -UP ONLY effective Tuesday, December 8, 2020

The Library Board of Trustees and Library Director Catherine Benson decided Monday (12/7/2020) to suspend in-person services in response to the uptick in COVID-19 cases in the county. The Heermance Memorial Library closed in March, shortly after the first cases of novel coronavirus were reported in Greene County. Eventually, we offered curbside service starting June 29th, then began limited in-person service September 8th.  AS OF TUESDAY DECEMBER 8TH, WE ARE RETURNING TO CURBSIDE SERVICE.

Patrons may order library materials through our website’s online catalog, WWW.HEERMANCELIBRARY.ORG, or call the library for assistance at 518-731-8084. We plan to maintain our current hours. Library staff is available to answer questions by phone from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m,
and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
How does pick-up work?  
  • Request your materials and when items are ready we’ll email you. 
  • Give us a call to let us know when you’ll arrive, 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.
  • To place holds on materials, visit the online catalog available at Patrons should log in with their card numbers and pins to browse or search materials, and to place holds. To call to place a hold, or for questions about placing holds, call 518-731-8084.
How can I return materials? 
  • Fines and fees for overdue or lost library materials can be paid online or in exact change in an envelope or bag with the patron’s name and library card number included at curbside pickup.
  • Returned library materials will be accepted only through book drop 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. 
  • Staff will be wearing gloves and masks. Curbside pickup service is contactless.
  • Patrons are asked to continue social distancing and not approach library staff during curbside pickups. Patrons also are encouraged to wear a mask.
  • Patrons will not be allowed to enter the library at this time, and we thank you for your understanding. 
Thank you for your patience and be safe.

Catherine Benson, Director

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!

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 and Ancestry Library Edition? ancestry and ale 112018.pdf


 Remote printing to the Library

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.





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.

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:

Monitor the Cluster Action Initiative from New York ForwardNYS provides a lookup tool so you can find out if your home or neighborhood is located within a coronavirus hot spot.

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 HospitalCoronavirus page

St Peter’s Hospital – St Peter’s Health Partners – Coronavirus page

Columbia Memorial Hospital – Coronavirus page

World Health Organization (WHO)