Elma Public Library

Elma Public Library
    Library Info

    1860 Bowen Rd.
    Elma, NY 14059
    United States

    Fax: 716-652-0381
    Thomas Carloni, Director

    Located on the corner of Bowen and Rice Roads, east of Route 400. Wheelchair accessible. Parking lot and book drop available.

    Public Access Computers: 14 computers, networked, including 3 laptops, printing 10¢ per B&W page, 25¢ per color page, flatbed scanner, Microsoft Office Applications, Internet Access, Misc. "What can I do at a Public Access Computer?"

    Wi-fi available.

    Meeting Room, capacity 60. Copy machine, copies 15 cents each.  Click here for Meeting Room Policy & Application

    What's Special About the Elma Library

    Local History Collection

    Check out our new...Library of Things image

    You'll now be able to borrow a variety of non-traditional materials from the Elma Public Library!  We have a GoPro camera, a portable record player, musical instruments, robots, and more!  Click here to see the full list. 

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

    Elma Public Library

    What's new in the library?

    Ongoing Spring Programs

    • Book Babies - Tuesdays at 11:30am from May 2nd to June 6th.  For newborns to 18 months old.  Join us for rhymes, songs and stories!  Please register by calling 716-652-2719.
    • Toddler Time - Two sessions are offered at 10:30am on Tuesdays and Fridays respectively.  Session runs from May 2nd to June 9th.  For children 18 months to 3 years old.  Treat your toddler to some song and stories!  Toddlers must bring an adult lap to sit on.  Please register by calling 716-652-2719.
    • Preschool Story Time - Thursdays at 10:30am from May 4th to June 8th.  For ages 3-5.  Prepare your child for school with our Children's Librarian, Jessi!  We'll be doing stories and games!  Please register by calling 652-2719.



    • Adult Art Class Series - Saturdays, June 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th at 10:30 AM. Come and learn about a new artist each week and create art in a different medium. Supplies will be provided. Beginners welcome. Register for each date separately. Call us at 716-652-2719 to register.
    • Meteorology & Severe Weather Forecasting in WNY - Thursday, June 1 at 2:00pm.  Learn how meteorologists forecast the weather, and how the process has evolved over the years.  We'll focus on weather that impacts us during the summer, including thunderstorms.  Presented through the Erie County Department of Senior Services University Express program for patrons age 55 and over.  Call 716-652-2719 to register.
    • World Class Architecture: Buffalo & the World's Greatest Architects - Wednesday, June 7 at 6:30pm.  Buffalo's renaissance has been driven by the architectural treasure of WNY, created by many of the country's greatest designers.  From Frank Lloyd Wright to E.B. Green, join us on a tour of WNY's architectural wonders.  Presented through the Erie County Department of Senior Services University Express program for patrons age 55 and over.  Call 716-652-2719 to register.
    • Cooking with the Commissioner - Thursday, June 8 at 2:00pm.  Join Commissioner Angela Marinucci as she makes a favorite recipe and engages in a live Q&A.  Yes, there will be food to sample!  You can bring your favorite recipes to share with the group too!  Presented through the Erie County Department of Senior Services University Express program for patrons age 55 and over.  Call 716-652-2719 to register. 
    • "Wandering Close To Home" by Christopher Drajem and Linda Drajem - Monday, June 12 at  6:30 PM. WANDERING CLOSE TO HOME is a collaborative memoir that charts the path Christopher and Linda each traveled as they realized that the life they were born into did not quite fit. Recognized as a distinguished favorite by the New York City Big Book Award and the Independent Press Award, a Red Ribbon Winner by the Wishing Shelf Awards, and a Reader Views Bronze Reviewers Choice Award.
    • My Career as a Buffalo Radio Journalist - Thursday, June 15 at 2:00pm.  Presented by Elma's own John Zach!  Local lore says he was hired by the legendary Irv Weinstein to handle overnight news at the iconic WKBW Radio in 1961 and has worked with many of the giants of the industry over a 56-year career.  Come hear about many of the landmark news stories he has covered.  Presented through the Erie County Department of Senior Services University Express program for patrons age 55 and over.  Call 716-652-2719 to register. 
    • Elma Library Book Club - Wednesday, June 21st at 6:30 PM. The month's book selection is "Anxious People" by Fredrik Backman. Stop by the library to pick up a copy of the book. All are welcome. 


    • Elma Lego Club - Wednesdays, July 5th and 19th at 2 PM. Ages 6-12. Children are given enough Legos to build their own design. Space is limited, so register by calling 716-652-2719.
    • Vacation Fun Club - Thursdays at 10:30 AM from July 6th to August 10th. For children entering Grades 1-4. Stories, crafts and games! Register by calling 716-652-2719.​​​​​​​
    • Super Amy - Thursday, July 6th at 2 PM. Magic, comedy, feats of strength and amazing acrobats! All ages welcome. Call 716-652-2719 to register. 
    • Family Story Time - Tuesdays, July 11th to August 15th at 10:30 AM. Ages 2-5. Join Miss Jessi for a fun story time! Register by calling 716-652-2719.
    • All-You-Can-Make Art Bar - Wednesdays, July 12th & 26th and August 9th at 2 PM. Ages 6-15. Nurture your creativity this summer with crafting, painting, and more! All supplies are provided. Please register by calling 716-652-2719.
    • Adult Craft: Zentangle Tote Bag - Saturday, July 15th at 1 PM. Join us for an adult craft night where you will be making your own zentangle tote bag! All materials will be provided. Register by calling 716-652-2719.
    • Sit, Stay....Read! - Saturdays, July 22nd and August 5th at 11 AM. Kids age 5 and up can read to a therapy dog! Keep an eye out for more dates! Sign up for a 15-minute reading session by calling 716-652-2719.
    • Adult Chair Yoga - Every Monday from July 31st to August 21st at 1 PM. Yoga in a chair?! Yes! You don't need to get down on the floor to experience the benefits of yoga. This class will include both seated postures and standing postures that use a chair for support. All fitness levels are welcome. A yoga mat to place under the chair is recommended. Register by calling 716-652-2719. 


    Individuals in need of an accommodation for any program listed above may contact the ADA Coordinator at access@buffalolib.org within 7 days of a program.

    Elma Public Library Board Info

    The next meeting of the Elma Public Library Board of Trustees will be on Tuesday, June 13th at 6:30pm at the Elma Public Library.  The meeting is open to the public.  For more information, please call 716-652-2719.

    Annual Report

    Board of Trustees

    Susan Sudlik, President
    Thomas E. Pirrung, Vice President
    Paul E. Schwiegerling, Treasurer
    Nathan Clinard, Secretary

    Eileen R. Holden 

    Bridgett Jacyna 

    Holly New

    The Elma Board of Trustees meets at 6:30pm the second Tuesday of every month, except for January and August of 2023. 

    Board Meetings, Agendas, Minutes

    2023 Minutes

    2022 Minutes

    2021 Minutes

    2020 Minutes

    2019 Minutes

    2018 Minutes

    2017 Minutes


    • Click here for the By-laws of the Elma Public Library



    Strategic Plan

    • Click here for the Elma Public Library's Three Year Plan 2022-2024