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807 Union Street (South Lane), Schenectady NY 12308

Hop a flight directly into Albany International--we're just 20 minutes from the airport, including traffic. We're also easily accessible by Amtrak and Megabus. Union is 25 minutes west of Albany, three hours west of Boston and three hours north of New York City.

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For your safety, Union College ID is needed to get into the Schaffer Library after 6 p.m. New front doors have been installed in Schaffer Library that feature keycard access. The Schaffer Library hours will not change. For safety reasons, at 6 pm. only people with a valid Union College ID will be able to enter the building. The keycard pad is located to the right of the front doors. Non-Union visitors who enter the building before 8 pm may remain in the building until closing; however please be advised there will be no re-entry should you exit the building after 8 pm. Like Alumni Gym, keycard access will stop 10 minutes before the Library closes. For example, when the Library closes at midnight, you will not be able to enter the library after 11:50 pm.