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1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo , NY 14203 Map
Phone: 716-858-8900
Fax: 716-858-6211

Enter the downtown Central Library from the either one of these handicapped accessible entrances:

  • Washington Street entrance (across from Lafayette Square), between Clinton and William Streets.
  • Ellicott Street entrance, between Clinton and William Streets
  • Note: the Clinton St. entrance is no longer open unless there is an event taking place in the Library Auditorium.

Directions to Central Library

Map of the Central Library

Take a video tour of Central Library

Programs & Events @ Central Library May 22-29

Children's Programs May & June

Children's Programs Summer 2017

Imagine Buffalo May & June Schedule

One Community, One Book Calendar of Programs

One Community One Book May 2017

May Free Thursdays

Teen Advisory Group

Shred A Thon -- supporting Buffalo Libraries 

Non-profit Grant Resources Seminar

BUILDING BUFFALO Rare Book Room exhibit

Open eBooks Free app for children 

Most Popular Books of 2016, article from the Buffalo News

Literally Speaking 2017


Fables Cafe , a full service café, located on the main floor of Central Library, is open Monday through Saturday for breakfast and lunch.



Assistive Technology Room (ATR) is open during all regular open hours.





Rare Book Room: Researchers are advised to call for an appointment at 858-8900.

About the Central Library: Extending two city blocks in length and encompassing more than 400,000 square feet of floor space (and more than 58 miles of shelving), the Central Library located in Lafayette Square is in the heart of downtown Buffalo and is headquarters of the Buffalo &  Erie County Public Library System.

Completed in 1964, this facility houses approximately 2 million volumes, special exhibition rooms for rare and valuable materials like the Mark Twain Room and Rare Book Room, a computer training lab, Launch Pad - MakerSpace, plus a host of centralized administrative and support operations for the entire 37-outlet Library System. 

Central Library has a  324-seat auditorium with a Steinway grand piano as well as two meeting rooms which may be reserved for events by outside not for profits organizations and businesses.  Central Library also features a full service cafe, Fables Cafe, open for breakfast and lunch Mondays - Saturdays.  Author visits, children's programming, book clubs, speaker events, chess programs, movies and more are regular happenings at the Central Library. For more information visit our calendar page at: http://host6.evanced.info/buffalolib/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?dt=mo&mo=5/1/2015&Lib=5&et=&ag

Black and white copies from a copy machine are available for 15 cents each. Color copies are available for 50 cents each. Public access computers are available. Printing from public access computers is available for 10 cents per black and white page and 25 cents per color page.

The Library has a fax machine located near Borrower Services by the Washington St. entrance.  Faxing is $1.75 for the first page and a $1 for each additional page. 

"What can I do at a Public Access Computer?"

Wireless access is also available throughout the Library on all floors.

Now on Display at the Central Library

Meeting Rooms at the Central Library

Specialized Databases at the Central Library

Special Collections

Grosvenor Room (Genealogy, Music, Rare Books)

Mark Twain Room

More Collections Organized by Topic

 Library System Information on the Board of Trustees

The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System Board of Trustees is the governing body for the downtown Central Library, and the eight branch libraries located in the city of Buffalo. These include: Crane, Dudley, East Clinton, East Delavan, Frank E. Merriweather, Jr., Niagara, North Park and the Riverside Branch Libraries. 

All System Board of Trustee meetings and committee meetings are open to the public

To see monthly board meeting schedules, agendas and minutes, click here

Click here for a map!

View Events at this Library

The next scheduled holiday for this location is 05/29/2017 (Memorial Day)

Library Hours
Mon08:30 AM - 06:00 PM
Tue08:30 AM - 06:00 PM
Wed08:30 AM - 06:00 PM
Thu08:30 AM - 08:00 PM
Fri08:30 AM - 06:00 PM
Sat08:30 AM - 06:00 PM

*Winter/Spring Sunday hours run from January 8, 2017 through June 11, 2017 with the exceptions of April 16 (Easter) and May 28 (Sunday before Memorial Day).