Lackawanna Public Library

Lackawanna Public Library
Library Info

560 Ridge Rd.
Lackawanna, NY 14218
United States

Fax: 716-827-1997
Jennifer Johnston, Director

Located on Ridge Road between Route 5 and South Park Avenue. Wheelchair accessible. Parking lot available.

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Public Access Computers: 16 computers, networked (printing 10 cents B&W per page, 25 cents color per page) Microsoft Office Applications, Internet Access, Misc. "What can I do at a Public Access Computer?"

Meeting Room. Study Room. Copy machine, copies 15 cents each. Radio receiver for the visually impaired.

What's Special About the Lackawanna Library

The Lackawanna Public Library is a beautiful colonial style building with magnificent oak woodwork throughout the interior. Located on Ridge Road between Route 5 and South Park Avenue, the library was built in 1922 with money donated by Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie was a 19th Century steel tycoon who became one of the 20th Century’s most famous national philanthropists. The Lackawanna Library was one of the last Carnegie Libraries ever constructed.

The Lackawanna Public Library also houses a Local History museum on our ground floor. Our collections cover maps, photographs, and artifacts from Bethlehem Steel as well as Lackawanna itself.  If you would like more information please call or stop on in and we will be happy to point you in the right direction.

Lackawanna is rich in local history and just a short walk from the library you will find several local landmarks including Our Lady of Victory Basilica and Shrine and the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. The Library itself was built on a potter’s field and in 1994 a monument was added to honor the unknown buried there. In 2018 the PRONE Group (Paranormal Researchers of Niagara and Erie County) found evidence of paranormal activity at the Lackawanna Library and this "patron" is now affectionately known as Charlie.

The Lackawanna Library provides something for every age group. Each month the library has story times, crafts, movie nights, book clubs, bingo, computer classes and much more. All of these programs are provided free of charge. The Staff at the Lackawanna Public Library kindly invite you to visit soon and experience everything the library has to offer.

Kid relaxing on floor

a boy wearing fancy mask

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

Lackawanna Public Library

Library Hours


Tuesday 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Wednesday 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Thursday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Friday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


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Programs for October

Toddler Time Every Tuesday in October @ 10:30 AM.

ESL Help Every Wednesday in October @ 4:30 PM

Snap Ed Tuesday October 12, 2021 @ 4:00 PM Learn about Nutrition, How to Shop Healthy, Benefits of Exercise, and more. All Ages are welcome. Program is Free.

WNY Herb Group Join us Wednesday October 13, 2021 @ 6:00 PM and learn all about how to maintain, grow and enjoy fresh herbs. Program is Free. All Ages are welcome.

Emmalee's Memories: The Snow Princess Join us Wednesday October 19, 2021 @ 6:00 PM Join us as the entertainment company Emmalee's Memories will bring the Snow Princess to the Lackawanna Library. Come hear some stories, play some games, and sing some songs. Program is Free. All Ages Welcome.

Mysterious World of Bats Join us on Wednesday October 20, 2021 @ 6:00 PM and explore popular bat myths, meet bats from around the world, discover NYS bats and uncover the many ways in which bats help humankind. Program is Free. All Ages are welcome!

Cooking Demo Wednesday October 27, 2021 @ 6:00 PM. Join us as Miss Meg cooks up two dishes and a refreshing drink from the cookbook Nightmare Before Dinner by Zach Neil. On the menu Cheshire Cheese Dip with Crostini, Giant Peach Salad and wash it off with a version of Alice's Cup of Tea. There will also be a Halloween Basket Raffle at the end so you don't want to miss it.

Sprouts Friday October 29, 2021 @ 10:30 AM. Join Miss Bridget for Music, Bubbles, Instruments and Fun for your child's early development. For children ages 2-6. Program is free.

Halloween Party Saturday October 30, 2021 @ 1:00 PM. Dress up in your favorite costume. Play some games, enjoy some snacks, and much more. Program is Free. All are Welcome.

**Want to be more involved in your Lackawanna Library? Become a Friend of the Lackawanna Library. We'd love your input on various projects, events, and much more to make a difference in the Lackawanna Community. With the Centennial Anniversary coming up, we'd love your help more than ever! Stop by the library or call 716-823-0630 to sign up and receive more information.

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Lackawanna Library Annual Report

2020 Community Report

Board of Trustees

William Tojek, President

Dean Otoka, Vice President

Michael Sobaszek, Treasurer

Michelle Saniewski, Secretary

Gregory Stachowski, Trustee

Andrea Haxton, Trustee

Lynn Dziak, Trustee



Board Meeting Minutes

2021 Minutes


2020 Minutes

2019 Minutes


Lackawanna Public Library Bylaws



Long Range Plan of Service

Lackawanna Library Five Year Plan