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.
Fax Machine for outgoing faxes: The first page is $1.75 and each additional page is $1.00. A Credit/Debit card may be used or a Fax Card can be purchased.
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.
Clarence Public Library Children's Reading Garden:
Dedicated in 2017 and made possible by a grant and donations from organizations as well as members of the community, the unique landscape of the Children’s Reading Garden provides a place for children to develop a lifelong interest and passion for nature. The garden was developed to provide children with a sensory space—one that is designed to immerse them in the scents, textures and colors of a variety of plants, flowers, and herbs. Related elements such as wind chimes, gazing balls, bird feeders and a fairy garden also add to this experience. The Children’s Reading Garden now includes a pollinator garden to attract bees and butterflies and a recently added “Stumpery Garden” that provides a living space for mosses, ferns, mushrooms and other shade-loving forest plants. These plants have the additional benefit of encouraging and hosting biodiversity while also providing a tranquil atmospheric garden area. The Children’s Reading is the ideal location for a variety of children’s programs on nature and gardening. The garden is maintained by library staff and volunteers, including members from the Garden Friends of Clarence.
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 $2 per bar.
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, Amended to change start time of regular meetings April 24, 2023
- 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
- Emergency Procedures/Disaster Plan Policy
- Freedom of Information Law - FOIL Policy
- Gift and Donor Recognition Policy
- Long Range Plan 2022-2027
- 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 September 26, 2022
- 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.
Hours of Operation
Monday - 10-9
Tuesday - 10-9
Wednesday - 10-6
Thursday - 10-9
Friday - 10-5
Saturday - 10-5
Library of Things at the Clarence Public Library!
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Find items to borrow that are not traditionally thought of as library materials available for checkout at the Clarence Public Library. 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 716-741-2650 with any questions!
- Dogs and Cats
- Summer and Beach
- Vegetable Garden
Favorite Things Reminisce - sets include themed photo cards, activity cards and DVD
- Favorite Things Reminisce - Summer
- Favorite Things Reminisce - Autumn
- Favorite Things Reminisce - Spring
- Favorite Things Reminisce - Dog
- Favorite Things Reminisce - Homemaker
- Favorite Things Reminisce - Cat
- Favorite Things Reminisce - Farm
- Favorite Things Reminisce - Great Outdoors
- Favorite Things Reminisce - Handyman
- Favorite Things Reminisce - Patriotic Collection
- Favorite Things - Remembering the 1950s
- Favorite Things - Remembering the 1960s
StoryFUNTime - For children ages 3-6 years and their caregivers. We will explore stories and activities to encourage children to develop a love of reading. We sing, read, talk and craft on Tuesdays at 11:00 AM SEPTEMBER 5TH, 19TH and 26TH.
Read&Play - Best for walkers and toddlers (or children between these developmental stages), and their caregivers. Preschool-age children are welcome. Join us for a story and song followed by open play Wednesdays at 11:00 AM. SEPTEMBER 6TH, 20TH and 27TH. Registration begins for September begins August 23rd
Erie County Emergency Homecare Kit Distribution - FREE to Erie County residents. Patron must call the Clarence Public Library at 716-741-2650 to reserve a kit or sign up on the library's web site via LIBCAL at buffalolib.libcal.com/ . These kits are provided by Erie County and include tools and resources to help your household prepare for a weather emergency. For more information about the kits, please call 716-858-8500. The Clarence Public Library pick-up date is Tuesday, September 12 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Limit one per household. ALL OF OUR KITS HAVE BEEN RESERVED.
Knitting Club - Tuesday, September 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Bring your knitting or crocheting project, be inspired and have fun! No registration is necessary!
LEGO Club - Wednesday, September 20 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. For children ages 5-12. Join the fun building creations with Legos. All Legos provided! Call 716-741-2650 to register. Space is limited!
Business of Music Workshop - Thursday, September 21, 2023, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Clarence Public Library. Learn all about copyright, setting up a music business, managing your band, and more! Free event courtesy of Erie County. Call the Clarence Library at 716-741-2650 to register. Walk-ins also welcome!
Author Event - Join us for a presentation by local author Burt Freiman as he discusses his novel The Darker Shades of Night. Thursday, September 28 at 7:00 pm. Call 716-741-2650 to register.
Programs with online registration:
Crafternoon: Painting Paper Mache Pumpkins. Wednesday, October 18 at 4:00 PM.
Registration begins October 4. Call 716-741-2650 or register here.
Haunted Graham Cracker House
Wednesday, October 11 at 4:00 PM.
Registration begins September 27. Call 716-741-2650 or register here.
October 2023 Flyers
- 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
- Clarence Public Library Annual Report - 2021
- Clarence Public Library Annual Report - 2022
Board of Trustees
Board Meetings, Agendas, Minutes
The next scheduled meeting of the Clarence Public Library Board of Trustees will take place Monday, September 25 at 4:30 pm in the library's meeting room. Meeting is open to the public.
- January 23 - Agenda, Financials, Director's Report
- February 27 - Agenda, Financials, Director's Report
- March 27 - Agenda, Financials, Director's Report, Resolution
- April 24 - Agenda, Financials, Director's Report, State Report, Resolution
- May 22 - Agenda, Financials, Director's Report, Procurement Policy
- June 26 - Agenda, Financials, Director's Report, 2023 Contract
- July - no meeting scheduled
- August - no meeting scheduled
- September 25 - Agenda, Financials, Director's Report, Board Self-Evaluation Form, Evaluation Subcommittee Notes, Resolution - Grant Certification
- October 23
- November 27
- 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)