Audubon Branch

Audubon Branch
    Library Info

    350 John J. Audubon Pkwy.
    Amherst, NY 14228
    United States

    Fax: 716-689-6116
    Kristi Dougherty, Library Director

    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)
    • 4 Study Rooms are available for small groups (reservations recommended)
    • Maker Space, open to all youth while the library is open, unless reserved in advance.
    • Copy machine, black & white only, 20¢ per copy
    • Outdoor Drop Box attached to building, for returned library material, open 24/7. This is the only 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. 
    • Ongoing Book Sale in library during open hours.

    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. 
    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, read magazines & newspapers or surf the web.

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

    Audubon is also the home of the Western New York Seed Library:


    Audubon Branch Policies

    System-Wide Policies

    The Audubon Branch is a member of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System.

    Audubon Branch

    The English Conversation Group held by Literacy Buffalo Niagara is temporarily taking place at the Clearfield Branch on Friday mornings from 10-12.



    Audubon book club

    (As of March 2023, the ABC has returned to the Audubon Library)





    Seed Library

    For more information such as how to volunteer, join the Facebook group at:

    or contact the new coordinator:

    Brenda Johnston

    (716) 908-7158






    Follow the Amherst Public Library:


    Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, much of our library programming has been taking place online. See below for upcoming and archived Virtual Programs. Also, you can visit our Calendar page  or  Facebook page


    for the listing of Audubon Library programs which are on the Library's web site.


    to view upcoming programs. To watch premieres, you need to be a member of Facebook.


    for access to the past virtual programs we have been doing. You do not need to be a Facebook member to view these.


    Many of the videos created by the staff at the Amherst Public Library include playlists with themes, such as:

    the Virtual Holistic Lecture Series for adults

    and others for kids and parents such as storytimes and crafts.






    IN 2023


    New Year’s Day              1/1 & 1/2

    Martin Luther King Day        1/16

    President’s Day            2/20

    Good Friday         4/7

    Mother’s Day      5/14

    Memorial Day    5/29

    Juneteenth          6/19

    Independence Day    7/4

    Labor Day              9/4

    Veteran’s Day    11/10 & 11/11

    Thanksgiving     11/23

    Christmas Eve   12/24

    Christmas Day 12/25

    New Year’s Eve   12/31



    Amherst Rules, Board Info & Bylaws


    Rules of Conduct for Library Users


    Annual Report

    2021: the Year in Review

    2020: the Year in Review

    2019: the Year in Review

    Amherst Public Library Board of Trustees

    Term will expire 12/31/2025

    Term will expire 12/31/2027

    Term will expire  12/31/2026

    Term will expire  12/31/2027

    Term will expire 12/31/2023

    Term will expire 12/31/2023


    Board Meetings, Agendas, Minutes

    Meetings begin at 5:30pm. All meetings are open to the public.

    Wed. April 12 - Audubon (Maker Space)

    Tues. May 16 – Audubon (Maker Space)

    Thurs. June 15 - Audubon (Maker Space)

    Tues. July 25 – Williamsville (Community Room)

    Thur. September 7 - Audubon (Maker Space)

    Wed. October 25 – Clearfield (Community Room)

    Mon. December 4 – Eggertsville-Snyder (Community Room)

    Agenda & Minutes:


    2023 Agendas

    2023 Minutes


    2022 Agendas

    2022 Minutes


    2021 Agendas

    2021 Minutes


    2020 Agendas

    2020 Minutes


    2019 Agendas

    2019 Minutes


    2018 Agendas

    2018 Minutes


    2017 Agendas

    2017 Minutes


    2016 Agendas

    2016 Minutes


    2015 Agendas

    2015 Minutes


    2014 Agendas

    2014 Minutes


    2013 Agendas

    2013 Minutes


    Bylaws of the Board of Trustees of the Amherst Public Library