Emergency Child Care

Capital District YMCA
A Child's Place at Unity House
Brightside Up


New York State Income Tax Updates
Federal IRS Tax Updates
COVID-19 CARES Check Information
New York State Unemployment Information
Mortgage Relief
Small Business Association COVID-19 Guidlines


Boys & Girls Club Meal Pick-Up: 518-374-4714 (call ahead to reserve your meal)
Food Safety with Takeout & Delivery
Food Pantry Capital Region
Local Restaurant Take-Out & Delivery Database

General Information

New York State DMV

Health + Safety Information

New York State Health Insurance Special Enrollment
24 Hour Support for all Crimes: 866-689-4357
24 Hour Support for Rape and Sexual Assault: 212-227-3000
24 Hour Support for Domestic Violence, c/o YWCA Northeastern NY: 518-374-3386
Emotional Support for Anxiety Counseling: 844-863-9314
Crisis Text Line for Anxiety Counseling: Text HOME to 741741
Ellis Medicine's Living Room Health & Emotional Support: 518-243-1523
Mental Health Empowerment Project Emotional Support: 800-643-7462
OCFS Child Abuse Hotline: 800-342-9720
Trevor Project–Suicide Prevention for LGBTQA+ Youth: 866-488-7386
Trevor Project–Suicide Prevention for LGBTQA+ Youth: Text START to 678678
Project Safe Point (Substance Abuse): 866-930-4999

Know the Facts

Avoiding Coronavirus Scams: Tips from the Federal Trade Commission
The FACTS: Fighting Fake News in the Pandemic

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Library Frequently Asked Questions

I returned my items to the book drop, but the items are still listed on my account. Why?
Items returned in the book drops are removed and placed under quarantine for a minimum of 96 hours. After the quarantine period those items are checked back in.
Am I going to be charged for items that are overdue on my account?
No. We are currently not charging any fines on overdue items checked out to accounts.
I forgot my library card # / PIN / password. Can you tell me what it is?
If you are trying to access your account online and need help, please call the Central Library (or your local branch) for assistance.
Interested in digital content?
Check out Hoopla, Libby, and OverDrive for access to ebooks, audiobooks, movies, music, and more. All are available by searching in your device's app store. You can also access Hoopla and OverDrive via a PC.
Help! I don't have an SCPL Library Card!
Currently we do not have a way to issue cards remotely. Check the website and social media for updates on when this will become available.

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Youth Services: BOOKS & LEARNING

DAY BY DAY NYFeatures a new readaloud book everyday with literacy activities.
DAY BY DAY NY-ESPresenta un nuevo libro de lectura en voz alta todos los días con actividades de alfabetización.
READING IS FUNDAMENTALReadaloud book videos for Gr. K-3.
SCHOLASTIC STORYBOOK TREASURESReadaloud book videos for Gr. K-3.
STORYLINE ONLINECelebrity presented book videos for Gr. K-3.
TEENBOOKCLUBeBooks for Gr. 7-12.
TUMBLEBOOKSBook videos, readalouds, eBooks for all ages.
TUMBLEMATHMath eBooks for Gr. K-6.

Youth Services: FUN STUFF

BRIGHTLY PRINTABLESReading tips, book recommendations, activities, etc...
DISNEY BOOKS ACTIVITY SHEETSPrintable activity sheets.
MANGO & MARIGOLD PRESSStorytimes & activities featuring children of color.
PBS KIDSGames, videos and printable activity sheets.
SCHOLASTIC HOME BASEInteractive, creative online experience.
SMITHSONIAN FUN STUFF FOR KIDSGames, videos and learning for Gr. 3-7.


GUIDED SLEEP MEDITATION5 minutes of peace to help you relax and sleep.

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The mission of the Schenectady County Public Library is to satisfy our community's educational, informational, cultural and recreational needs by providing free and open access to a comprehensive range of materials, services and programs.