Anna Reinstein Memorial Library

Anna Reinstein Memorial Library
    Library Info

    2580 Harlem Rd.
    Cheektowaga, NY 14225
    United States

    Fax: 716-892-3370
    Glenn Luba, Director

    Located north of the Harlem Road and Walden Avenue intersection, across from St. Joseph Hospital. Wheelchair accessible. Parking lot available.

    Computer Availability:

    Public Access Computers: 23 computers, networked (printing 10 cents per page black & white and 25 cents per page for color) Microsoft Office Applications, Internet Access, Misc. "What can I do at a Public Access Computer?"  

    Wireless Internet access is available.

    Meeting Room & Copy Machine Information:

    Meeting Room, Capacity 60. Copy machine, copies 15 cents each.

    What's Special About the Reinstein Memorial Library

    The library houses the Reinstein Family Papers. The collection is comprised of letters, photographs and printed materials from 1880-1982. Viewing and consulting by appointment, for research purposes only.

    The Anna Reinstein Memorial Library is a member of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System.

    Anna Reinstein Memorial Library


    Sunday - Closed   Monday - 12pm - 8pm   Tuesday - 9am - 5pm    Wednesday - 12pm - 8pm    Thursday - 10am - 6pm    Friday - Closed    Saturday - 9am - 5pm

    Computer Basics Class

    Computer Basics - Saturday, December 10th at 10am

    Join the TechKnowLab in learning about buying computers, icons and shortcuts, folders, navigation, web browsers, Google, printing, and basic maintenance. Please stop in or call (716) 892-8089 to sign up. Registration is required. 


    Mindful Parent, Mindful Child

    Mindful Parent, Mindful Child - Monday, January 23rd at 6pm

    Ages 6-8 with a parent guardian. 
    Participants will: Learn what it means to be mindful, learn that mindfulness can be applied to different conditions, such as when stressed or sad, engage in several mindful relaxation exercises, learn how to incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine, listen to a story, and do a craft. Make sure to wear comfortable loose clothing. Registration is required. 


    Lego Club

    YES Lego Club - Monday, December 12th at 6pm

    YES Lego Club - Monday, January 9th at 6pm

    Please join the YES group in Lego night! Create your very own Lego creation to be displayed in the library. Please stop in or call (716) 892-8089 to sign up. Registration is required. 


    YES Crafternoon

    YES Merry Craftmas Crafternoon -  Saturday, December 10th at 1:30pm

    Please join the YES group in Crafternoon! Kids can create their very own holiday craft.  Please stop in or call (716) 892-8089 to sign up. Registration is required. 

    YES Crafternoon - Saturday, January 7th at 1:30pm

    Please join the YES group in Crafternoon! Kids can create their very own craft.  Please stop in or call (716) 892-8089 to sign up. Registration is required. 


    Movie Day

    Movie Day -  Saturday, January 21st at 1pm

    Join us for a family friendly movie! Popcorn and drinks will be provided! Stop in or give us a call at (716) 892-8089 to sign up.


    Gertrude Hawk Chocolate

    Gertrude Hawk Chocolates on sale at the Cheektowaga Public Libraries. There are 11 flavors to choose from including: Pretzel, Mint, Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Raspberry, Almond Toffee, Lava Cake, Peanut Butter, Sea Salt Caramel, Coconut Custard, Crispy, Milk Chocolate, and Almond. 

    Only $2 or two for $3 

    Bike Lock

    Bike locks are now available for use at the library. Only intended to be used while visiting the library. 

    Can't make it in? Check out our eLibrary!

    Check out eBooks and eAudiobooks from OverDrive!

    Wondering how to check out books and audiobooks while our buildings are closed? We created a short tutorial series on getting started with OverDrive!

    Signing Up for an eLibrary Card 

    Getting the Libby App 

    eReader Questions and Answers 

    Reading Digitally During and After Library Closures 

    History of Anna M. Reinstein

    Anna Reinstein was born in 1866 to a family of minor Russian nobility near Kiev. Her interest in medicine was encouraged by her mother, who was an herbalist, and her family. Her parents sent her to a school in Berne, Switzerland and there she received her doctorate in medicine in 1891, and met her future husband, Boris Reinstein. By the time Anna emigrated to the United States in 1888, she spoke three dialects of Polish as well as French, Ukrainian, high Russian, German, Italian, Hebrew, Yiddish and English. She could also read and write Latin and Greek, which was required as a physician. She chose to settle in the Buffalo area because of its large Polish population, feeling a physician fluent in Slavic languages could establish a comfortable practice here. 

    Anna built her practice steadily. She worked as a midwife before passing her U.S. medical boards exams, and is reported to have delivered over 2,000 babies. Many times around the turn of the century she could be spotted on her bicycle, black bag in hand, driving the roads of East Buffalo and Cheektowaga to tend to her patients needs. In 1904, Anna moved to Cheektowaga and continued to practice medicine here until February 12, 1948. Her son Victor, born in 1894, joined her medical practice in 1916. 

    In the early 1900's, Anna Reinstein acquired much property in Cheektowaga and built homes in the area. One of the reasons she began in real estate was to provide rental housing for the railroad workers and other working class people who need shelter. 

    The library was made possible by a donation given by Victor Reinstein, her son, to memorialize Anna. A woman who came to Cheektowaga back in 1904, who practiced medicine in the area for more than 40 years, and became a part of the township. The Reinstein family has always known the value of education and books which recorded the experiences of men and women who lived before them. This belief became possible in the community where the Reinstein family once lived, where youth can recognize the benefits which man can find in his search for knowledge at the Anna M. Reinstein Memorial Library. 

    Home School and Virtual Learning Help

    Introduction Guide


    7-8 Grade

    9-12 Grade

    Kids Resource Lounge


    Homeschool Picture

    Visual Aids

    Check out our sister library:

    Julia Boyer Reinstein Library

    Julia Boyer Reinstein Library






    Cheektowaga Board Info

    Annual Report




    Board of Trustees

    Mark E. Weber - Chairman
    Christine Cywinski - Vice-Chairman
    Angela M. Yates - Secretary-Treasurer
    Amy B. Freedman - Trustee
    Judith M. Mietlicki - Trustee

    Board Meetings, Agendas, Minutes


    Cheektowaga Public Library Board Meeting Schedule

    Wednesday, January 5 @ 4 p.m. (Julia Boyer Reinstein Library) Agenda | Draft Minutes | JBR Program Report | REI Program Report

    Wednesday March 16 @ 3 p.m. (Julia Boyer Reinstein Library) Agenda | Draft Minutes  | JBR Program Report  | REI Program Report

    Wednesday April 20 @ 4 p.m.  (Julia Boyer Reinstein Library) Agenda | Draft Minutes  | JBR Program Report  | REI Program Report

    Wednesday May 18 @ 4 p.m. (Julia Boyer Reinstein Library) Agenda  |  Draft Minutes | JBR Program Report | REI Program Report

    Wednesday June 15 @ 4 p.m. (Julia Boyer Reinstein Library)  Agenda | Draft Minutes | JBR Program Report | REI Program Report

    Wednesday July 20 @ 4 p.m. (Julia Boyer Reinstein Library)  Agenda | Draft Minutes | JBR Program Report | REI Program Report  | 2022 Contract between B&ECPL and Contracting LibrariesTypo on Page 21 of 2022 Contract

    Wednesday September 21 @ 4 p.m. (Julia Boyer Reinstein Library) Agenda | Draft Minutes | JBR Program Report | REI Program Report 

    Wednesday October 19 @ 4 p.m. (Julia Boyer Reinstein Library)  Agenda | Draft Minutes | JBR Program Report | REI Program Report | Appeal Policy  

    Wednesday November 16 @ 4 p.m. (Julia Boyer Reinstein Library) Agenda | Draft Minutes | JBR Program Report | REI Program Report



    2022 Board Minutes


    2021 Board Minutes

    2020 Board Minutes 

    2019 Minutes

    2018 Minutes

    2017 Minutes

    2016 Minutes

    2015 Minutes




    New York State Office of

    the Comptroller:

    Cheektowaga Public Library Audit Report


    Strategic Plan