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Audubon Branch

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350 John J. Audubon Pkwy.
Amherst , NY 14228 Map
Phone: 716-689-4922
Fax: 716-689-6116
Roseanne Butler-Smith
One mile north of the University at Buffalo North Campus on John James Audubon Parkway between North Forest Road and Dodge Road.
We are in the same complex as the Amherst Police Station, Courthouse and Senior Center.  Plenty of parking is available. 



  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wi-fi available
  • Public Access Computers:
    For Adults, 13 desktop computers and 6 laptops -- with Microsoft Office Applications (2016), Internet Access, etc.;
    Flatbed scanner available;

    3 computers dedicated for Catalog; 
    8 computers dedicated for children;

    Printing charges: B&W 10¢ per page, color 25¢ per page.
  • Self check-out machines using RFID technology
  • Meeting Room, with capacity for 100 people -- used for Library Programs; available for use by nonprofit organizations (registration required)
    meeting room
  • Study Rooms are available for small groups (reservations recommended)
    study room sample
  • Children's Playroom --  for children 6 and under with adult supervision
  • Copy machine, black & white only, 20¢ per copy
  • Outdoor Drop Box attached to building, for returned library material, open 24/7. This is the first automated drop box in Western New York, discharging materials as soon as they are inserted.
  • Display Cases -- large showcase, 88 inches wide, 43 inches high, and 13.5 inches deep -- smaller case for flat wall-mounted display -- both cases are available for groups.
  • Optelec ClearView Video Magnifier -- is easy to use and will help the visually impaired maintain their independence in everyday tasks such as reading books and magazines, viewing photographs and writing. Thanks to the Amherst Lions Club for donating this to us.


 To see all currently scheduled library-sponsored programs held at all four Amherst Public Libraries, click here for our chronological Facebook Event listing.
For events specific to just this branch, click on the calendar to the right on this page. 
Programs for all ages are offered throughout the year, including:


    We offer seasonal Story Times for babies, toddlers & preschoolers, along with other special programs to promote reading. For School-Age Children we offer reading, crafts, LEGO club, and other special programs.

    -- Story Times for February through May 2019

    -- Drop-In Lego Club -- Every other Tuesday from 3:30-5pm --  January 8 & 22, February 5 & 19, March 5 & 19, April 2, 16 & 30, May 14 & 28, June 11 & 25 

    Reading to the Dog - TBA

    -- Story Times Specials -- (one time programs)

    -- Create Your Own Book -- Saturday, February 23 at 10:30am

    -- Dr. Seuss Birthday Party --  Saturday, March 2 at 10:30am

  • STEAMtrain programs that encourage Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math while reinforcing literacy:
    Frozen February -- ages 5-10 -- Saturday, February 16 at 10:30am OR Wednesday, February 20 at 6:30pm
    Very Hungry Code-a-pillar -- ages 3-8 -- Wednesday, March 20 at 3:30pm
    Super Sphero -- ages 6-12 -- Wednesday, April 17 at 3:30pm
    Wonderful Wizard of Ozbots -- ages 6-12 -- Wednesday, May 15 at 3:30pm




-- January - February 2019

     Organizing Your Computer Files & Folders -- Friday, January 25th, 1:30pm-3:30pm
    Introduction to Windows 10 -- Friday, January 25th, 10:30am-12:30pm

-- Computer Classes - one-on-one instruction by appointment, Wednesday and Friday afternoons (click here  for more info); Registration required


    -- Audubon Library Book Club --   January-May 2019 


    Noted local astrologer Cassandra Butler will kick off the 2019 Lecture Series with the lecture: 2019 the Year Science Meets Spirit ... on Tuesday, January 15th at 7pm. 

    Brochure for lectures running February thru April 2019

    Send questions & suggestions about this series, or  request to join the e-mail list, by contacting:


    -- Free Yoga Classes -- Sundays at 3pm, February 17 - March 31 -- REGISTRATION REQUIRED

    -- Knitting Club --  
    Tuesdays, January 15 - April 2, 5-7pm 

    -- Crochet Class -- Thursdays, January 3 - April  11, 5-7pm 

    -- Adult Coloring Club -- Saturday mornings 10am-12pm  

    -- BPOvations -- 
    The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, in cooperation with the Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries, presents a chance to get to know your BPO on a personal level. These free talks given by BPO musicians offer an intimate look inside the BPO while providing a basis of knowledge about the orchestral world.... Lectures at Audubon occur on October 29th, February 25th, March 18th & May 6th.


    --  Conversation & Reading for ESL students with trained Literacy Volunteers -- free, no registration required -- drop in classes on Friday mornings from 10 am to 12 pm in Study Room 2

    -- ESL with BOCES -- No sessions during the summer -- Call (716) 821-7375 for information about other classes. Tutor for Tuesdays and Thursdays is still currently unavailable.


    Inexpensive Weekend Bouquet -- Saturday, January 19th at 1pm

The Collection

Audubon has a wide assortment of materials, housing books and other materials for all ages.
We offer an extensive collection of nonprint materials, including popular and family movies on DVD and Blu-Ray, a large foreign film and documentary collection, and all genres of music CDs.
DVD collection
We carry a rotating array of audiobooks and large print books, as well as a small foreign language book collection, with titles in Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean & Russian. 
We subscribe to some unique Health & Fitness newsletters.

Local documents and the Amherst Flood Collection are housed here.

What's Special About the Audubon Library

John James Audubon portrait

Named after John James Audubon (pictured above), we are situated in an idyllic setting, a short walk away from the Walton Woods hiking trail and bike path. In good weather, the tables and benches in front of the Library provide an attractive place to sit and read, talk with friends or watch the geese.

The Amherst Main Library at Audubon opened in 1987 within the Audubon New Community in Amherst, and has become B&ECPL's largest and busiest community library, home to among the most diverse populations in Erie County.

We host a wide variety of vibrant programs, and provide a safe, relaxing place to sip a cup of coffee, read magazines & newspapers or surf the web.

We have a new beverage and snack vending machine, and also serve coffee and hot chocolate.

We are a participant in the Abitibi Paper Retriever Recycling Program, which benefits the Library and the environment.




Tuesday, January 1-- New Years Day

Monday, January 21 -- Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, February 18 -- President's Day

Friday, April 19 -- Good Friday

Sunday, April 21 -- Easter

Monday, May 27 -- Memorial Day

Thursday, July 4 -- Independence Day

Monday, September 2 -- Labor Day

Monday, November 11 -- Veterans Day

Thursday, November 28 -- Thanksgiving Day

Tuesday, December 24 -- Christmas Eve

Wednesday, December 25 -- Christmas Day

Tuesday, December 31 -- New Years Eve -- OPEN UNTIL 3pm


Book Sales

Flyer for all 4 Amherst branch book sales.

-BOOKS ONLY-          Jan. 30 - Feb. 4
Wednesday, January 30                         1 pm to 8:30 pm
Thursday, January 31                             10 am to 8:00 pm
Friday, February 1                                   10 am to 5:00 pm
Adult Hardcovers: $1 each on Saturday & Sunday
Saturday, February 2                              10 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, February 3 12 pm to 4:30 pm
$4/BAG SALE Mon., Feb. 4 10 am to 8:00 pm

-BOOKS ONLY-                   April 10-15
Wednesday, April 10                                1 pm to 8:30 pm
Thursday, April 11                                   10 am to 8:00 pm
Friday, April 12                                        10 am to 5:00 pm
Adult Hardcovers: $1 each on Saturday & Sunday
Saturday, April 13                                    10 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, April 14                                      12 pm to 4:30 pm
$4/BAG SALE Mon., April 15 10 am to 8:00 pm

-MEDIA SALE -                June 8 - 10
Saturday, June 8                                      10 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, June 9                                        12 pm to 4:30 pm
Monday, June 10                                      10 am to 8:00 pm

-BOOKS ONLY-        September 11-16
Wednesday, September 11                     1 pm to 8:30 pm
Thursday, September 12                       10 am to 8:00 pm
Friday, September 13                            10 am to 5:00 pm
Adult Hardcovers: $1 each on Saturday & Sunday
Saturday, September 14                        10 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, September 15                          12 pm to 4:30 pm
$4/BAG SALE  Monday, September 16 10 am to 8:30 pm

-MEDIA ONLY-             December 7-9
Saturday, December 7                            10 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, December 8                              12 pm to 4:30 pm
Monday, December 9                              10 am to 8:00 pm

Here you can purchase gently used books. The Store is run by volunteers. We are always looking for more volunteers to help.
The following schedule is subject to change at any time, based on volunteers' availability, so if you were planning a special trip just for the Bookstore, we recommend calling ahead first at (716) 689-4922 to make sure it will be staffed when you arrive.

Mondays 1-8
Tuesdays 10-3
Wednesdays 10-12
Thursdays 10-3
Fridays 10-4


Amherst Public Library Board of Trustees

Term will expire 12/31/2020

Term will expire - 12/31/2019

Term will expire - 12/31/2021


Term will expire 12/31/2023

Term will expire - 12/31/2022

Term will expire  12/31/2022

Term will expire  12/31/2021


Term will expire 12/31/2022


Agenda & Meetings for the Board of Trustees of the Amherst Public Library

Meetings begin at 4:15pm and all meetings are open to the public.

Agenda & Minutes:

2019      2018      2017      2016      2015      2014      2013




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The next scheduled holiday for this location is 02/18/2019 (Presidents Day)

Open Hours This Week
Tuesday10:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Wednesday10:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Thursday10:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Friday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Saturday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Open Hours Next Week
Sunday12:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Monday10:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Tuesday10:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Wednesday10:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Thursday10:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Friday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Saturday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM

*Winter/Spring Sunday hours run from January 6, 2019 through June 9, 2019 with the exceptions of April 21 (Easter) and May 26 (Sunday before Memorial Day).

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