Boston Free Library

Boston Free Library

9475 Boston State Rd.
Boston, NY 14025
United States

Fax: 716-941-0941
Lydia Herren, Director

Located on Boston State Road, (Route 391), between Boston Cross and Boston Colden Road. Wheelchair accessible. Parking lot available

Public Access Computers: 6 computers, networked (printing 10 cents per page B&W, 25 cents color) Microsoft Office Applications, Internet Access, Misc. "What can I do at a Public Access Computer?"

Meeting Room available. Click Here for Community Meeting Room Rules

Yard Games

The Boston Free Library now has yard games available for a 7-day loan period. We have Corn Hole, Bocce, Giant Jenga, Volleyball/Badminton, Croquet, Kubb, Can Jam, and Ladder Ball. Stop in to check them out for your next party!

Did you know when you shop on, you can donate a portion of your sale to the Boston Free Library?  When shopping, be sure to follow the link below to get to our "Amazon Smile" page. Thank you for supporting your library! 

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

Boston Free Library

Mask Up

The Library is currently located in a Yellow Zone. While the building is open, we are encouraging our patrons to take advantage of our curbside services for the safety of our community and staff. Details on Curbside Services are listed below.

Saturday Hours are By Appointment Only


The safety of the public and our staff is of utmost importance. Due to demand and with considerations to building capacity and staff, the library will be open to the public by appointment only during Saturday hours. Please call 716-941-3516 to schedule an appointment if you would like to visit the library on Saturday. 

Curbside/Walk-up services remain available as always – Please consider taking advantage of these services.

  • Appointments can be scheduled for Saturday visits at any time during the week. 
  • Appointments will be limited to 30 minutes for browsing or computer use.
  • Only 1 appointment can be scheduled per Saturday.
  • Please schedule for every member of your party. For example a parent + 2 children must let the scheduler know that 3 people will be entering the library at the appointed time.
  • Everyone who enters the building is REQUIRED to be wearing a mask.
  • If possible please utilize self-checkout.
  • Do not hand items you are returning directly to staff.  Items must be quarantined prior to check-in. Please place them in the drop box. 
  • Due to social distancing requirements, staff can provide limited assistance while in the library.
  • Items can still be returned in the drop box during open or closed hours.

The library’s temporary open hours throughout the rest of the week do not require a scheduled appointment, but computer usage will be limited to 30 minutes with the possibility of extension depending on demand. 

The library is temporarily suspending lending from the Library of Things and Yard Game Collections until the zone designation is lifted. 

Temporary Hours:

Monday 10-4

Tuesday 1-7

Thursday 10-4

Friday 1-5

Saturday 10-2

Curbside/Walk-Up Services:

Call the library 716-941-3516 or email during these hours to request up to 10 items per library card per day from the items available at the Boston Free Library. Check the library's online catalog using the "Limit Search Results" selecting "Boston" to see currently available items. A staff member will record the titles requested and check them out on your library card. 

A pickup time will be arranged with curbside or walk-up specified.  Walk-up items will be placed in the foyer upon arrival for pickup. Your safety is very important to us. Face coverings are required and social distancing will be in effect. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Items can be returned at any time in our drop box. Library materials will be quarantined for 96 hours after return and will remain on your card during this time, but will be backdated so no fees will accumulate from items returned on time.  

For the health and safety of our staff, we are not accepting book/material donations at this time. Thank you for your understanding.

Virtual (online) Programming will continue.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all library programming is taking place online. 

Below are the Board approved reopening and safety plans for the Boston Free Library:

Reopening Plan

Safety Plan

Micro-Cluster Strategy Plan - revised 1/4/2021


Virtual Programs

Story Time - Mondays at 10:00 AM on Facebook and YouTube

Story time



Virtual Craft Programs:

Fridays at 2:00 PM on Facebook and YouTube



Yard Games

Yard Games

The Boston Free Library now has yard games available for a 7-day loan period. Must be picked up and returned at the Boston Library; not eligible for reservations.

  • Corn Hole
  • Bocce
  • Giant Jenga 
  • Volleyball/Badminton 
  • Croquet 
  • Kubb 
  • Kan Jam
  • Ladder Ball

Library of Things

Library of Things

The Boston Free Library has the following items available for 7-day loan period.  Must be checked out on a valid adult library card and picked up and returned at the Boston Library during open hours.

  • Sports Action Camera
  • Green Screen
  • Outdoor Projector and Screen
  • Telescope
  • Trail Camera
  • Ukulele
  • Portable Light Therapy Energy Lamp
  • Digital Radon Detector
  • Metal Detector
  • Karaoke System
  • Bubble Machine
  • Film Slide, Negative and Photo Converter
  • Super 8 and 8 mm Film Converter
  • Record Player - Converts Vinyl, Cassette and CD to USB Flash Drive

Purchase of these items was made possible by funding generously secured by Senator Gallivan.


3D Printing at the Boston Library

  • Lulzbot Taz 6 Printer available for use
  • stl files accepted by email, web link, or USB with approval based on the library's 3D Printer Policy
  • Fees based on weight of the finished project at $.05 per gram
  • PLA, ABS and PETg available; colors subject to change
  • Check out for ideas about what types of things can be printed 


Boston Free Library Board Info

Annual Report

Board of Trustees

Suzanne Borowicz, President

Matthew Boyle, Vice President

Linda Coniglio, Treasurer

Catherine Osborn, Secretary

Kami Callahan

Board Meetings, Agendas, Minutes

2021 Minutes

2020 Minutes

2019 Minutes

2018 Minutes

2017 Minutes

2016 Minutes

2015 Minutes


Boston Free Library Association Bylaws - Amended 


Association 2020 Budget - Proposed

Association 2019 Budget

Strategic Plan

Boston Free Library Long Range Plan 2017-2021

Friends of the Boston Library

The Friends of the Boston Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  They generously support and fund a variety of things for the community to enjoy at the library - from furnishings and equipment to materials and programs.  Many Friends also volunteer at the library for events and programs. Funds are raised by the Friends primarily through the Annual Gala Fundraiser and Book Sale.

  • Material (books, dvds, cds, puzzles) donations are generally accepted by Friends at the library during open hours from April - October  Please call the library in advance at 716-941-3516 to verify the availability of storage space for donations.
  • Magazines, reader's digest condensed books, and books in poor condition are not accepted for the book sale.