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First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany


The Charles R. Joy Library is located in Stott Lounge on the second floor of the new building. It is open except when Stott Lounge is in use for a scheduled meeting. Directions to check out and return books are posted in the Library. Borrowing is on the “honor system”.

The Library supports the mission of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany,  and selectively collects and facilitates access to information resources on: Unitarian Universalism and other spiritual traditions; social and ethical issues, philosophy, theology, Bible study with a liberal religious perspective, and other issues of interest to our congregation. The library also holds non-circulating collections of art books and antiquarian books on Unitarian Universalist history.

LIBRARY CATALOG is online 24/7.

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The committee prepares lists, catalogs books, prints and pastes labels, applies dust jacket covers, repairs worn books, shelves new and returned books, works with check-in records, loans, and contacts borrowers of overdue books. If you’re interested, we can always use new ideas and help with what we do.

Library co-chairs are Melanie and Paul Axel-Lute.

To suggest items for purchase, donate books, review one of our books for WINDOWS or join the Library committee, email us at: joylibrary@albanyuu.org.

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