Library Card Sign Up Month

Looking for a way to transform your life? All you need is a library card! Our library offers you the tools you need to expand your knowledge and skill set with access to the world’s information both in print and digitally, plus hands-on training and innovative programming.

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, so visit us today, sign up for your free library card, and check out all we have to offer!

Click here to learn what you’ll need to apply for your card.

Museum Pass Program…Your (Free) Tickets Await!

AIHAThe Friends of the Hudson Area Library has added three regional museums to its Museum Pass Program.  Library card-holders now have free admission to six arts and culture venues including the Albany Institute of History and Art, the Clark Art Institute (Williamstown, MA), Thomas Cole National Historic Site (home of Hudson River School painter, Thomas Cole, Catskill), Columbia County Historical Museum (Kinderhook), FASNY Museum of Firefighting (Hudson), and Olana State Historic Site (Hudson).

Passes may be borrowed for one to three days and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Passes may be reserved by calling the library at 518.828.1792 or by stopping by the library office. Most passes admit four adults, but the number admitted varies by site. Library members must have a current Mid-Hudson Library System card to borrow passes.

Funded by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library, passes to these six culturally rich organizations were carefully chosen by the Friends and Library staff to suit the diverse interests of the local community that the Library serves.

Call soon to reserve your free passes for your family or friends (or weekend guests!), or stop by the library today!

Magazines Now Available for Check Out


The Hudson Area Library magazine collection is now available for check out with a valid library card! All of our magazines (except the most recent issue of each publication, which is available for in-library use) will circulate for one week. Our currently circulating adult magazines include: The Atlantic, Bon Appetit, Booklist, Civil War Times, Dwell,
Ebony, Good Housekeeping, Jet, Martha Stewart Living, National Geographic, The New Yorker, Outdoor Photographer, Outside, People, Poets & Writers, Popular Photography, Rolling Stone, The Rotarian, Seventeen, Sports Illustrated, Time, Vanity Fair, VegNews, Vogue, and Wired. We have children’s magazines available for checkout as well, which include Highlights, National Geographic for Kids, and Sports Illustrated for Kids. Modern Farmer and School Library Journal will soon be joining the list! Suggestions for new magazines you would like to see on our shelves are always welcome.

September is Library Card Sign Up Month

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It’s time for back to school shopping, so don’t forget to pick up the most important school supply of all…a library card! A library card can give your children almost unlimited access to books for school projects and book reports, but that’s not all! Kids will love using Kidsport, a great site created by the Mid Hudson Library System especially for children from preschool to age 10 and their parents. Through Kidsport, kids can browse books in the Kid’s Catalog, get Homework Help, and even get a taste of community service in Kid Power Counts.

For older children in junior or senior high, there is a separate Homework Help site. From here, students can study for high school and college entrance exams, such as the SAT, PSAT, ACT and more. Students with a library card will also have access to online encyclopedias and journals on subjects such as history, science and the arts. Some sites even come with video tutorials!

Still not convinced that you need a card? Here’s 52 Ways To Use Your Library Card.

In order to Get a Library Card, you will need to fill out a registration form at the library. Also, you will need to bring in a current photo ID and proof of residency (such as an envelope mailed to your current mailing address). Children under the age of 18 who want a library card must come with a parent or guardian who can meet the listed requirements. A library card is the smartest tool in your wallet, so be sure to sign yourself and your kids up for this great free resource!

Columbia County HomeAccess: “Unlimited Access to More Than Just the Internet”


A library card is the most valuable tool in your wallet. With a library card, you can learn a new language, research your family tree, find a new career, and even fix your car! Not to mention you will have nearly unlimited access to entertainment in the form of books, audiobooks, ebooks, DVDs, CDs and more. You will find the resources you need to do all of these things through the new and improved HomeAccess, a database geared towards Columbia County patrons like you. The site has been recently updated to include new features such as:

  • New instructional video content
  • Automatic mobile users detection: Smart phone users will now be brought to a page with mobile apps.
  • Brand new look: Find subject matter quick and easy!

Don’t have a library card? All you need to bring to the library in order to sign up for one is a valid photo ID and proof of address (such as a piece of mail that has been recently mailed to your current address).

Need a Job? Check Out JobNow

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Trying to navigate today’s job market is tough. Luckily, the library has resources to make finding your new career easier! Just visit the Columbia County Job Resource Center  and you’re on your way. Everything on this page is accessible for free; all you need to sign in is your library card barcode and PIN.

For your one stop job search needs, try JobNow, one of the sites available in the Resource Center. This database has links with useful tips and resources to help you start your job search, or to help you decide on a new career path. Once you find a position to apply to, JobNow gives you helpful hints on how to write a resume, complete with templates to get you started. If you have an upcoming interview, JobNow also offers live interview coaching!

If you’re looking to complete your education before applying to jobs, try both JobNow and the Gale Testing & Reference Center for practice tests, study help, and more. To browse current job openings in New York State, try Jobs Express through the NYS Department of Labor. And if you still have unanswered questions about your job search, check out Quick Answers for links to newspaper job listings, unemployment resources, and much more.

SAT, Regents, and AP…Oh My!

No matter what tests you need to prepare for, there is a website to help you do it!

  • For Elementary/Intermediate Tests, the Office of State Assessments is the place to go for real examples of subject tests, scoring, and teacher directions from past years. The subjects provided are English Language Arts (ELA), Science, Mathematics, and Social Studies for grades 3-8.
  • For High School Regents Exams, the Office of State Assessments is also the place to go for examples of past exams and scoring keys. In addition to the subjects listed above, there are also examples of past exams for six foreign languages. You may also find the current testing schedule for the high school exams here.
  • For AP exams, College Board gives you information about AP courses, including what subjects are available, what careers are available per subject, and what to expect from the course and final exam. You may also find this year’s list of exam dates , including how to register for exams, information on fees, and more.
  • For SAT and SAT subject exams, CollegeBoard also can be used to practice for the test with free sample questions, full length exams, and official study guides. This site may also be used to register for the SAT and look up your scores after you take the test.

And don’t forget about the Testing and Education Reference Center that is available through the Reference page of the Hudson Area Library website. You can find practice tests and review for these exams, as well as many other exams, on this site. All you need is a library card to log in!

Museum Pass For FASNY Museum of Firefighting Now Available


Hudson Area Library now owns a circulating Museum Pass for the Firemen’s  Association of the State of New York Museum of Firefighting. The FASNY Museum of Firefighting is dedicated to the preservation of firefighting artifacts, such as Young boy in Fireman's Helmetfire engines, gear, equipment, art, photos and more. Kids can try on firefighting gear, participate in a Bucket Brigade or Parade Activity, explore the Fire Safety and Prevention Discovery Room, and so much more! The Museum Pass: 

  • May be checked out on your library card for one business day
  • Admits a family of four (2 adults & 2 children under the age of 18)
  • Gives you and your family access to see the Museum’s hundreds of firefighting artifacts, as well as attend tours, events and more!

Visit the staff office or call 518-828-1792 for more details, and to check out the Hudson Library Museum Pass…for free!