Three Town Place
Clarence, NY 14031
The library is located on Old Goodrich and is next to the Clarence Town Hall. Wheelchair accessible. Parking lot available. Drop box available.
Public Access Computers: 19 computers, networked. Microsoft Office applications and Internet access. Printing (including Mobile Printing) from computer: B&W 10¢ per page, color 25¢ per page. "What can I do at a Public Access Computer?"
Copy machine available: B&W 15¢ per page for letter size.
A Meeting Room is available as a location for community informational services and for programs or meetings of established and recognized groups and associations whose purposes are educational, cultural, civic, or of general community interest.
- An Optelec Clearview 300 Low Vision Magnifier is available for use in the library. Donated by the Lion's Club of Clarence.
- The Aladdin Classic is available for use in the library. Purchased with funds donated by the Lion's Club of Clarence.
- Pebble HD Hand-Held Magnifier is available for use in the library. This item was purchased with funds donated by the Lion's Club of Clarence.
- Digital Talking Book Players from the New York State Talking Book & Braille Library are available for in-house use by eligible patrons.
What's Special About the Clarence Library:
The library opened at its current location in September 2001 and is one of the largest community libraries in the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System.
A special toddler and preschool area promotes reading with parents. Adults have a relaxing area in which to read newspapers and magazines. Free WiFi is available and the Clarence Library regularly offers a variety of computer classes through its "Clarence Library Cyber-Train." The library is well known for the variety of Summer events and programs for children and their families and also provides quality programs throughout the year. Situated in a park-like setting, the library affords many new opportunities to its community and is a state of the art library for both adults and children.
Also of note:
A large Classic Movie collection featuring films from the silent era through the 1960s
A monthly Senior Activity Day at the Clarence Library in partnership with the Clarence Senior Center
The Clarence Bee Newspaper: Bound volumes (1965-1982) and microfilm (1983-2014)
Flight 3407 Memorial - Designed by Hadley Exhibits and dedicated in October 2017, this informational touch-screen kiosk provides biographies of the loved ones lost in the tragic crash of Flight 3407 that took place in Clarence Center on February 12, 2009 and provides a history of all facets of the tragedy including a tribute to first responders and to the work of family members who have campaigned tirelessly in Washington D.C. to ensure adequate pilot training and have helped bring about improved airline safety and pilot training regulations.
Some Ways to Support the Clarence Library:
The Friends Place Book Store, operated by the Friends of the Clarence Public Library, Inc., is a great place to shop for quality used and donated books and materials. Proceeds support the programs and services of the Clarence Public Library.
Fowler's Candy Bars are on sale for $1 per bar. Proceeds support the programs and services of the Clarence Public Library.
A percentage of your Amazon purchases will be donated to benefit the Clarence Public Library.
Become a member of the Friends of the Clarence Public Library.
The Friends of the Clarence Public Library is a non-profit group of citizens who believe that an excellent library is essential to a community. They work to promote and assist the library and are responsible for raising money to add to the basic collection and provide for special needs.
The Friends of the Clarence Public Library generally meets at the library on the fourth Monday of the month at 6:00 pm.
"The Friends Place" book store, located off the lobby, is a great place to shop for used and donated books and other material. The book store is scheduled to be open during regular library hours but is staffed entirely by volunteers. If you're available to help out, please consider filling out an application and volunteering your time.
Clarence Public Library Policies
- Bylaws, adopted March 18, 2002, Amended to include Article 6 on September 22, 2014, Amended to include Article 2 Governance Committee on January 28, 2019
- Claims Audit Policy, approved November 28, 2016
- Bulletin Board Policy, adoped October 26, 2015, Reviewed March 25, 2019
- Conflict of Interest Policy, adopted July 1, 2014, Reviewed January 22, 2018
- Display Case and Exhibit Policy, approved January 28, 2019
- Freedom of Information Law - FOIL Policy
- Gift and Donor Recognition Policy
- Long Range Plan Policy
- Meeting Room Policy, amended April 25, 2022
- Open Meetings Policy, adopted January 25, 2021
- Procurement Policy, approved May 18, 2015, Reviewed March 25, 2019
- Public Health Emergency Operations Plan
- Rules of Conduct Policy, amended June 1, 2020
- Telecommuting Policy, adopted January 25, 2021
- Tutoring Policy, approved February 26, 2018
- Used Book Donation Guidelines, June 2014
- Whistleblower Policy, adopted February 25, 2019
The Clarence Public Library is a member of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System.
The Clarence Public Library has reopened to the public. We have also resumed accepting material donations.
Hours of Operation
Monday - 10-9
Tuesday - 10-9
Wednesday - 10-6
Thursday - 10-9
Friday - 10-5
Saturday - 10-5
Paper HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) application packets available at the Clarence Library from the Erie County Department of Social Services.. Call 716-741-2650 to reserve a packet (while supplies last).
Do you shop through Amazon? You can help support the Clarence Public Library through AmazonSmile!
Library of Things at the Clarence Public Library!
The Library of Things is a collection of non-traditional library items available for checkout at the Clarence Public Library. It includes three broad categories of kits: STEM, early childhood, and "things" (tools and other specialized objects for household use). Three kits may be checked out at a time with the possibility of one renewal. The Library of Things Circulation Guidelines and Agreement are linked below. Please call the library at 741-2650 with any questions!
If you have never been to the Clarence Public Library see our Children's Reading Garden and view from the
Red Cross Blood Drive - Clarence Public Library Community Room. Friday, May 27, 2022 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins also welcome.
Supporting Mental Health: Understanding the Basics of Depression and Anxiety - Monday, June 6 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Topics covered include depression and anxiety basics, understanding the warning signs, strategies to support, and Q&A. This program is made possible by support from the Clarence Central School District and the CSD Family Support Center. The presenters are Annmarie Legge and Nicole Cornell who specialize in working with teens across WNY.
Kidding Around Yoga with Donna: This yoga class is geared to children ages 3-6. Classes will be held outdoors if weather permits. Parents/caregivers must remain with their children. These classes include music, stories, games, yoga poses, mindfulness activities & special guided relaxation time for you and your child. Call 716-741-2650 to register, or stop at the front desk at your next library visit on June 3, 2022, at 1:00 PM. Registration begins May 26.
Author Event- Massoma Alam Chohan: To discuss her book Take your lunch break: helpful tips for relieving work-related stress. The book is a guide on how to navigate work and life stressors to live a more enriching life. Author Massoma Alam Chohan’s personal story of how anxiety almost cost her job and mental health, plus tons of research and original interviews with mental health professionals and high-performing leaders. Saturday, June 11, 2022, at 3:00 PM. Register now!
Author Event: Isaiah Rashad: Join Isaiah for part II of his discussion on his book. Homicide of a Rat and reflections on his life as a former gang member turned police officer and get his insights into what is right and wrong in today's modern society. Thursday, June 16 at 6:30 PM. Register now!
June Storytime: Registration is required. This Storytime is ideal for mixed-age children 2-5 years of age. Registration will open immediately Register online or call 716-741-2650.
A Study in Sherlock: Tuesday, June 21 at 6:30 pm. We will be discussing the short story The Five Orange Pips and viewing the 1945 film The House of Fear starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes. Register now by calling 716-741-2650.
Summer Reading Kick-Off: Thursday, June 30, 1-3 PM. No registration is necessary.
- Make a bookmark with the Albright-Knox Art Truck.
- Create a Chalk Mural.
- Complete a Treasure Hunt.
- Pick up a reading log and start your reading adventure.
Clarence School Reading Lists
Clarence Center Elementary
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- Clarence Public Library Annual Report - 2015
- Clarence Public Library Annual Report - 2016
- Clarence Public Library Annual Report - 2017
- Clarence Public Library Annual Report - 2018
- Clarence Public Library Annual Report - 2019
- Clarence Public Library Annual Report - 2020
Board of Trustees
Board Meetings, Agendas, Minutes
The next scheduled meeting of the Clarence Public Library Board of Trustees will take place Monday, May 23 at 7:15 pm in the library's meeting room.
The Clarence Library Board of Trustees generally meets at the library on the fourth Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.
2022 Clarence Library Board Meeting Schedule
- January 24
Click here for a link to the January 24, 2022 supporting documents.
- February 28 - Agenda, Financials, 2021 RETURN TO SYSTEM Statement, Resolution 2022-01, Director's Report
- March 28 - Agenda, Financials, State Report and Resolution, Director's Report
- April 25 - *please see change in location listed above* - Agenda, Financials, Annual Financial Report-Draft, Meeting Room Policy, Director's Report
- May 23 - Agenda, Financials, Memorandum and Resolution 2022-12, Disaster Response Policy-DRAFT, Director's Report
- June 27
- July - No Meeting Scheduled
- August - No Meeting Scheduled
- September 26
- October 24
- November 28
- December - No Meeting Scheduled
- January 25
- February 22
- March 22
- April 26
- May 24
- June 28
- August 23
- September 27
- October 25
- November 22
- January 27
- February 24
- March 30
- April 27
- May 26
- June 1
- July 20
- September 28
- October 26
- November 23
- December 16
- December 21
- January 25
- February 22
- March 28
- April 25
- May 23
- June 27
- August 4
- September 26
- October 24
- November 28
- Clarence Public Library Bylaws, amended September 22, 2014
- Clarence Public Library Long Range Plan (2016-2021)