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820 Tonawanda St.
Buffalo , NY 14207 Map
Phone: 716-875-0562
Fax: 716-875-0562

Located two blocks north of the intersection of Tonawanda and Ontario Streets

  • Fully Accessible
  • Parking lot is located on Prairie St. behind the library
  • Drop box - located outside the Prairie St. entrance; available 24 hours a day 


September 2018 activities

Kindness Rock Garden:  Help us spread kindness in our community.  Come decorate a rock with a kind word or picture for our garden.  All supplies provided, just stop in the library and be part of something positive.  (While supplies last)
Story Time:  Wednesdays at 10:30 am
(Starts September 19th)
Bring your 2-5 year old for stories, songs, a craft and a whole lot of fun.
Button-Making Thursdays: 
Every Thursday 4:30-5:30
Get creative and make a one-of-a-kind button with our button maker.  All ages fun!
FREE Computer Training
Thursday, September 20th, 4pm - 7 pm
Tuesday, September 25th, 12 pm - 3 pm
**Sign up for one-on-one computer training.  Choose a topic and learn at your own speed.  Limited space.  Sign up today!
Banned Books Week
September 23rd - September 29th
Celebrate the freedom to read.  Check out one of the Banned Books we have on display!
Read Down Your Fines (June 2nd - September 15th)
Children up to age 17 are given the chance to Read Down Your Fines at the Library this summer.  Ask Staff for details.


 Public Access Computers

  • 11 All Ages
  • 2 Children
  • 2 Online Catalog/Computer Reservation
  • 1 Express (15 minutes) with scanner
  • Printing - $.10/page for black & white printing; $.25/page for color printing
  • Microsoft Office Applications, Internet Access
  • Wi-Fi available

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


  • Black & white copies only - color copies not available at this location
  • $.15 per copy (8.5 X 11 size); $.30 per copy (8.5 X 14 or 11X 17 sizes)
  • Accepts $1 bills and coins (no pennies) 

Fax Machine - $1.75 for first page, $1 each additional page

2 self checkout units conveniently available

Request fees - $.25 for adult print or audio materials; $1 for DVDs and Blu-Rays

Unclaimed Holds Fees - $1 ALL media items; $.50 ALL print items

Community Room

  • Applications  available to organizations and groups interested in holding activities or meetings
  • Seating capacity is 40
  • All meetings are open to the public

Facility Use Policy (Meeting Room)
Rules of Conduct

Library Card Applications

Applications are now available in Arabic, Burmese, Karen & Somali language versions at the Library.

Youth and Adult library card applications are available in large print at the Library.

Part-Time Employment


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 11/12/2018 (Veteran's Day)

Open Hours This Week
Monday12:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Tuesday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Wednesday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Thursday12:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Saturday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Open Hours Next Week
Monday12:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Tuesday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Wednesday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Thursday12:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Saturday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM

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