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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:

-- Computer Classes - Group Classes  
-- September-October 2018 
-- November - December 2018

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


    -- Audubon Library Book Club --  click here  for September-December 2018 Book Club

    -- Second Annual Local Author Fair -- Sunday, November 18th, 2-4pm


    The September-December slate for the Holistic Lecture Series is available.

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


    -- Knitting Club --  Tuesdays, September 25 - December 4 15, 5-7pm -- click here for flyer - PROGRAM FULL (waiting list)

    -- Crochet (for adults) -- Thursdays, September 13 - November 15, 5-7pm -- click here  for flyer - PROGRAM FULL (waiting list)

    -- Adult Coloring Club -- Saturday mornings 10am-12pm  Flyer for November 3 & 17, December 1, 15 & 29

    -- 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.


    Jewelry Workshop: Wire Spider -- ages 12 to adult -- Thursday, October 25 at 6:30pm

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.



Book Sales

MEDIA SALE (CDs, DVDs & other nonprint materials)
Saturday, November 3   10am-5pm
November 4   12pm-4:30pm
November 5   10am-8pm *** 1/2 PRICE SALE***

PRINT MATERIALS (children's & adult):
Wednesday, November 28   1pm-8:30pm
November 29   10am-8pm
November 30 & Saturday, December 1   10am-5pm   
December 2   12pm-4:30pm
December 3  10am-8pm   *** $4 BAG SALE***

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 10-8
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//2018

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 for the Amherst Public Library Board of Trustees are scheduled for:

October 25 at Eggertsville-Snyder
November 27 at Williamsville

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

Agenda & Minutes:

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View Events at this Library

The next scheduled holiday for this location is 11/22/2018 (Thanksgiving Day)

Open Hours This 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
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

*Sunday hours for the remainder of 2018 run from September 9 through December 30 with the exception of November 11 (Veterans Day).

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