Amsterdam Free Library

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Wi-fi & Internet Services
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Mission Statement:

The mission of the Amsterdam Free Library is to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen our Greater Amsterdam Community.

The Goals of the Amsterdam Free Library Board of Trustees are:

  • Get more people in the door for educational purposes with new plans and programming.
  • Maintain and restore the building.
  • Get the library fiscally stable by passing the school district proposal and increasing our fund stream.
  • Improve the literacy of all Greater Amsterdam residents, young and old, through analog and digital media.

Since it's inception on 1902, the Amsterdam Free Library has provided patrons with high quality services personalized for unique needs. Our staff members are professional, courteous and efficient. Beyond print materials, which are numerous and varied, during this time of technological growth we also offer a host of other services: 
Free Wi-Fi and Internet is available to all patrons.

Patron must have a valid library card to use the computers.

A computer use-only card can be issued with a photo ID but will have no borrowing privileges.

No computer use is permitted if fines on a patron’s account exceed $5.00. 

No juvenile with restriction-classified accounts will be permitted to use the computers.

Adult computer use is limited to one hour per day. Children are limited to 2 (two) - 30 minute sessions. The system issues a countdown warning and logs patron off until the next business day.

Patrons must be put on a wait list at the front desk with their library card if the computers are occupied.

Printing – All print jobs will be set to the front desk where payment must be rendered before print job is released. $.20 for bw, $.50 color.

In order to provide a safe and comfortable environment, the following are NOT PERMITTED in the Library.

Any behavior that creates health or environmental hazards, including an unacceptable standard of personal hygiene.

Any behavior that interferes with the peaceful enjoyment of the    library.

Bathing or shaving in the public restrooms.


Cell phone calls.

Computer use in violation of policy.

Profanity or other threatening, harassing or intimidating language or behavior.


Unsupervised children (under age 10)

• Weapons.

Any staff member or security personnel of this building are authorized to determine whether a library patron is not abiding by library or county rules and regulations.

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Appropriate Library Behavior
By entering the Library you are making a commitment to act courteously toward all other patrons, to act responsibly in regard to public property, and to follow all the rules of the facility. Enjoy the library and allow others the same opportunity.

Please Observe The Following:

  • Keep all valuables and personal property with you at all times; we are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

  • Supervise children or any persons you may be a guardian of, at all times.

  • Follow Library Computer Policies.

  • Cell phone calls may only be made outdoors.

  • Engage in activities associated with the use of a public library. Patrons not reading, studying, using library materials or attending events may be asked to leave the building.

Your Child's Safety in the Library
Library staff is concerned about the safety of all children who use the library. However, staff duties do not include child care or supervision. The responsibilities for children’s behavior rest with the parents or caregivers. Please review the following guidelines for a positive library experience.

  • For their comfort and safety, children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult or responsible guardian, age 13 or older, at all times.
  • Any child who feels unsafe in the library for any reason should inform a library staff member.
  • Library staff reserves the right to inform children whose behavior is unsafe or disruptive to others to leave the library.
  • If children are left alone, library staff will contact a parent or guardian. If no responsible adult can be located, staff will contact the local Police Department.
  • Children’s use of all library materials, including unfiltered internet, is the sole responsibility of the parent or guardian.
  • Library staff reserves the right to limit internet use to any adult whose children are inadequately supervised.
Internet & Technology Classes
Amsterdam Free Library wants to keep the public updated with the fast growing usage of the internet and technology. Be sure to check the classes being offered on our Technology Classes page or call for a private appointment.

  • Creating and maintaining e-mail
  • Job search and applications
  • Web browsing
  • Mobile accounts management
  • Setting up your iPad, iPhone, Kindle, or other phone and/or tablet.
  • Using the OverDrive Media Console to borrow and/or buy eBooks.
  • Download and using Apps on mobile devices.
  • Downloading and using iTunes.

Check out the Technology Classes page for pre-scheduled classes.

Schedule a private appointment by filling out the form at the left of the page, or call (518) 842-1080.
Homework Help
The Amsterdam Free Library offers homework, internet and research help for projects and essays daily to students.

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