Library Advocacy Day Logistics & Directions


To get to the Empire State Plaza Convention Center use the following directions:


From the North
Take Interstate I-87 (Northway) to Interstate I-90 East (exit # 1E). Take Interstate I-90 East to Interstate 787 South. Take Exit #3A for the Empire State Plaza.

From the South
Take New York State Thruway (Interstate 87) to Exit 23 - straight through Toll Booth to Interstate 787, then take Exit #3 for the Empire State Plaza.

From the East
Take Interstate 90 West to Exit # B1 (I-90). Continue on I-90 to Interstate 787 South. Follow I-787 South to Exit #3A for the Empire State Plaza.

From the West
Take the New York State Thruway (Interstate 90) to Exit 24 (Albany), proceed east on Interstate 90 to Interstate 787 South. Take exit # 3A for the Empire State Plaza.


Parking Information

On-Site Parking

Car parking is available under the Empire State Plaza in the Visitor Lot. You can get to this lot by taking the Empire State Plaza Exit off I-787. There is a $2 per hour fee for parking in this lot and the driver has to show photo ID to enter the parking lot. For more information about this lot and other various parking options, please visit the NYS OGS web site at:

A map of parking lots can be viewed by visiting:

After parking in the Visitor Lot, take the elevators to the Concourse Level where the Convention Center is located. Once in the Concourse, follow signs for NYLA Base Camp.

Map of the Empire State Plaza, Concourse Level.
Map of the Empire State Plaza

Busing Information *IMPORTANT!*

There may be a bus traveling to Albany from your area. Don't make the trip alone! Contact your regional coordinator to secure a seat on one of the Advocate Buses!

After being dropped off at the Madison Ave Entrance to the Empire State Plaza – Concourse Level, follow signs for NYLA Base Camp.

Map of the Empire State Plaza, Concourse Level.
Map of the Empire State Plaza

If you still need to register a bus traveling to Albany, please contact the NYLA office 518-432-6952

Parking information for Buses

In the past we experienced some substantial delays in people being able to leave Albany as there were issues with getting the buses released in a timely manner from the parking area that was provided by the Albany Police Department.

In an effort to avoid a similar situation this year we are implementing the following:

When verifying the details with your bus operator, please request that they send your bus and driver to Crossgates Mall for the duration of your visit in Albany. There is plenty of free parking available in the parking lot of Crossgates Mall. (Additionally this provides an activity for the driver between your drop-off and pick-up.) It is a short 5.4 mile trip. This will allow your bus to return to pick your group up when they wish, rather than when they are released by APD. Parking in the downtown Albany area WILL NOT be available for the buses.

Directions from:

Empire State Plaza
Madison Ave
Albany, NY 12230


Crossgates Mall
1 Crossgates Mall Rd
Albany, NY 12203

Travel 5.4 mi (about 14 mins)

1. Head northwest on Madison Ave/US-20 toward S Swan St - 1.9 mi (6 mins)

2. Slight right at US-20 W - 3.3 mi (8 mins)

3. Turn right at Crossgates Mall Rd - 0.1 mi

4. Turn left to stay on Crossgates Mall Rd - 299 ft

Google Maps Directions Empire State Plaza to Crossgates Mall


Security Information

Please plan for airport-like security measures in place in the New York State Capitol, the Legislative Office Building and its surrounding buildings. Please be prepared to pass through a metal detector and have your belongings go through an X-ray machine to enter. All adults (16+) must show a photo ID to enter - it is recommended that attendees carry a photo ID at all times. In addition, items that are sharp or may be construed as weapons are not allowed in any of the Empire State Plaza buildings (including "sticks" attached to Rally signs).

Due to the security measures and the number of people expected in Albany on Advocacy Day, please leave yourself plenty of time to travel between meetings with legislators.

If you have questions, please contact the NYLA Office at