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Central (downtown Buffalo)

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library,  Let Freedom Read,  Downtown Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203, 716-858-8900,  Hours Mon - Thurs 8 am - 7 pm, Fri & Sat 9 am - 5 pm, Sun 12 pm - 5 pm

Central Library Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday   8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday            9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday       9:00 am - 5:00 pm
 Sunday       12:00 noon - 5:00 pm

Important - the Library's Ellicott Street entrance is open during limited hours: 
Monday - Thurs., from 10 am- 3 pm  and Friday from 9 am - 3 pm.
The fully accessible Washington Street doors to enter/exit the building are open 
during all library hours.  The Washington St. entrance is located across from 
Lafayette Square, between Broadway and Clinton Streets.

Click here to see the upcoming programming schedule



Huge Used Book Sale  Thursday, Friday & Saturday, April 11, 12, 13.


Learn about virtual and in-person program information (via calendar page)

Visit our Facebook page

Archived virtual programs on our YouTube channel

  • Individuals in need of accommodation may contact the ADA Coordinator at within 7 days of a library event. 

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Imagining Buffalo Niagara in the 21st Century 
A lecture/discussion series held every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.
Currently due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program is running virtually on Zoom. 
Details are here.

Discussions are hosted by program founder Dennis Galucki. Call the Library for details about the speaker schedule, which is subject to change. 716-858-8900.

IMAGINE Buffalo is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History and Nature (C-SAAHN) in conjunction with the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

Visit here for an archive of past IMAGINE Buffalo Zoom programs beginning in Fall 2020.


Tween/Teen Programs

Visit the Teens page for more information about middle school to high school age events and resources -


Hosting or participating in a Zoom/virtual meeting during these challenging times?

Here are a handful of Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Zoom backgrounds you can download for your own use.

Repeating Logo

Repeating logo

Front of the Central Library in the evening

Central Library

Buffalo library circa 1915

Buffalo Library circa 1915