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Library operations within the City of Buffalo, including the Central Library, are governed by the B&ECPL Board of Trustees. The B&ECPL Board also oversees System-wide issues, including the total amounts allocated to each service area. The relationship between the B&ECPL Board and the other service area Boards of Trustees is contractual, taking the form of an annual contract between the B&ECPL Board and the other 22 individual "contracting library" Boards of Trustees.

Once the B&ECPL Board determines the total allocation to each contracting library, it is their Board of Trustees that determines how to operate that facility with the amount of funds provided. In the case of the Town of Tonawanda Libraries , that Board chose to address the reduced funding by preserving as many full-time personnel, which meant fewer staff hours were available than would have been the case if the budget cuts had been split between full and part-time staff.

More detailed information on how the B&ECPL is structured and governed can be in the Library's Strategic Plan at: http://www1.buffalolib.org/aboutthelibrary/strategicplan/index.asp

Each library service area is governed by a Library Board of Trustees as follows:

Chartered Service Area

Facility Owner / Trustee Appointing Authority

#Libraries

Alden (Ewell Free Library)

Free Association / Membership

1

Amherst

Town / Town Board

4

Angola

Village / Village Board

1

Aurora

Town / Town Board

1

Boston

Free Association / Membership

1

Buffalo

City (branches)-County (Central Library) / County Legislature (8 of 15 City residents, 5 recommended by Mayor, balance recommended by County Executive)

9

Cheektowaga

Town/Town Board

2

Clarence

Town/Town Board

1

Collins

Town/Town Board

1

Concord

Town/Town Board

1

Eden

Town/Town Board

1

Elma

Town/Town Board

1

Grand Island

Town/Town Board

1

Hamburg

Town/Town Board

2

Lackawanna

Town/Town Board

1

Lancaster

Town/Directly Elected

1

Marilla

Free Association/Membership

1

Newstead

Town/Town Board

1

North Collins

Town/Town Board

1

Orchard Park

Town/Town Board

1

Tonawanda-City

City/City Council

1

Tonawanda-Town

Town/Town Board

2

West Seneca

Town/Town Board

1

 

TOTAL

37