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Boston Free Library

Boston Free Library
    Library Info

    9475 Boston State Rd.
    Boston, NY 14025
    United States

    Lydia Herren, Director

    Located on Boston State Road, (Route 391), between Boston Cross and Boston Colden Road. Wheelchair accessible, entrance ramp. Basement children’s, young adult, and community room areas accessible by chairlift and stairs.  Parking lot available.

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    Technology Access

    Wireless Internet Access Available
    Public Access Computers: 6 computers, networked (printing 10 cents per page B&W, 25 cents color) Microsoft Office Applications, Internet Access, Misc. 
    2 free public scanners available.
    "What can I do at a Public Access Computer?" 
    We also offer Mobile Printing from your phone or other device.
    Black and white copies are available at 15 cents per page.
    Chromekits (Chromebook + Hotspot) available to check out for at-home internet access.


    Beyond Books at Boston

    The Boston Free Library offers many things beyond books, movies, and music

    Yard Games: Corn Hole, Bocce, Giant Jenga, Volleyball/Badminton, Croquet, Kubb, Kan Jam, Ladder Ball, Ring Toss

    Library of Things: 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, ClearClick Video Converter - Converts VHS or other video sources to digital, VHS-C Adapter, VCR, HDMI Cloner Box, Osmo Genius Kit, Makey Makey

    Technology: 3D Printer (Lulzbot Taz 6) available for public use, fee of $0.05 per gram finished project weight, Cricut Maker Machine: patrons must supply their own materials for Cricut projects, i.e. vinyl, cardstock, etc.

    Sports Equipment: Kid’s sized Tennis, Lacrosse, and Snowshoe Kits, Adult Sized Snowshoes


    Community Meeting Room

    Contact the library at 716-941-3516 to inquire about schedule availability.
    Community Meeting Room Capacity is 50
    Community Meeting Room Policy
    Meeting Room Application 


    Exhibits and Displays

    Contact the library at 716-941-3516 to inquire about schedule availability for artist displays.
    Exhibits and Displays Policy 

    • Boston Free Library


      Hours for 2024: 

      Monday 10-7

      Tuesday 12-8

      Thursday 10-7

      Friday 12-5

      Saturday 10-2 

      Safety Plan

      Special Events

      Summer Preschool Story Time

      Thursdays at 11:00 AM

      Summer Preschool story time for children ages 2-6. Stories, games, songs, and more! Call 716-941-3516 to register.

      Summer Preschool Story Time

      Ukulele Jam Session

      Thursdays from 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

      Join us for an open ukulele jam session.  Call 716-941-3516 to register to attend!

      Ukulele Jam Session

      Battle of the Books

      Tuesdays at 6:00 PM from June 18th - August 20th

      Join Team Boston for the 2024 Battle of the Books Season. 

      Meetings will take place in person but the final battle will be virtual like last year.  We will be answering trivia on 3 titles.  Meetings are planned for Tuesdays at 6:00 PM from June 18th - August 20th.  The date of the final battle is tentatively planned for August 20th but will be scheduled based on team member availability.

      If you are interested in participating please respond by email at bos@buffalolib.org or call us at 716-941-3516 to sign up.  For students entering grades 6-9 in the fall of 2024.

      Battle of the Books 

      Craft Fridays

      Fridays from 3:00 - 4:30 PM: 

      July 12th, July 19th, August 2nd, August 23rd

      Join us for fun, free and family-friendly craft projects! All ages welcome. Call 716-941-3516 to register to attend. Please specify which sessions you plan on attending. Registration is required so we are able to prepare enough supplies for all attendees.

      Craft Fridays

      Lego Club

      Monday, July 15th from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

      Join us for Lego Club night! Spend the evening building a masterpiece at the library with our collection of generously donated Legos and your creation will be displayed until the next month's Lego Club.  Call 716-941-3516 to register to attend.  

      Lego Club

      Outdoor Skills with the NYS Parks Department

      Monday, July 22nd at 2:00 PM

      A fun introduction to camping and outdoor skills including fire building and emergency shelter building techniques as well as making cordages from natural fibers. Recommended for ages 6 and up.  Call 716-941-3516 to register to attend.

      Outdoor Skills

      Summer Jamboree

      Thursday, July 25th from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

      The Boston Free Library's biggest event of the year! Over 20 local craft vendors, live music with Boston Town Band, hot dogs for sale, crafts and activities for the kids, mini golf, and a large basket raffle. 

      Come support the Boston Free Library at the

      Boston Town Hall Lions Shelter.
      8500 Boston State Road
      Boston, NY 14025

      Summer Jamboree

      Kids Musical Theater Dance Class with Soul2Sole

      Saturday, July 27th at 11:00 AM 

      Learn the basics of musical theater style dance in a fun and free class led by Soul2Sole Dance.  Recommended for ages 6-10.  Call 716-941-3516 to register to attend.

      This event is sponsored by a grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.

      Musical Theater Dance Class

      Bubble Day

      Thursday, August 1st from 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

      Join us for the Boston Free Library's Annual Bubble Day from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM on Thursday, August 1st. We will be making bubble wands and bubble solution and testing it all out. All ages welcome! Call 716-941-3516 to register to attend! 

      Bubble Day

      Kids Jazz Dance Class with Soul2Sole

      Saturday, August 17th at 11:00 AM 

      Learn the basics of jazz style dance in a fun and free class led by Soul2Sole Dance.  Recommended for ages 6-10.  Call 716-941-3516 to register to attend.

      This event is sponsored by a grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.

      Jazz Dance Class

      Lego Club

      Monday, August 19th from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

      Join us for Lego Club night! Spend the evening building a masterpiece at the library with our collection of generously donated Legos and your creation will be displayed until the next month's Lego Club.  Call 716-941-3516 to register to attend.  

      Lego Club

      Curbside/Walk-Up Services Continue to be Available:

      Call the library 716-941-3516 or email bos@buffalolib.org during open hours to request titles from 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. 

      Beyond Books at Boston

      Sports Equipment

      Sports Equipment Lending

      Now you can check out sports equipment through the library!

      Available kits include:

      • Kid's Sized Tennis Kits: 2 rackets and 4 tennis balls - courts open and free to use behind the Boston Town Hall and at Sprague Brook Park
      • Kid's Snowshoe Kits - perfect for a winter day at Sprague Brook or on any of the nearby trails! (Best for ages 5+).
        • Two sizes available: Small and Large Youth Sizes

      Also Kids under the age of 17 who have fees on their library card can get them removed when the sports equipment is checked out!

      Sponsored by the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, and winner of the 2021 Penguin Random House Library award for Innovation. 

      * A parent or guardian must sign a waiver and be present the first time equipment is borrowed. Equipment must be borrowed from and returned to the Boston Free Library. 

      Library of Things

      Library of Things

      Check out what items are available through our catalog!

      Images of all items available here.

      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
      • ClearClick Video Converter - Converts VHS or other video sources to digital
      • VHS-C Adapter
      • VCR 
      • HDMI Cloner Box
      • Osmo Genius Kit
      • Makey Makey

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

      Chromebook Kits

      Chromebook Kit

      Chromebook Kits (Chromebook + Hotspot) are now available to check out at the Boston Free Library.  

      Overview and Frequently Asked Questions

      Parent/Guardian Chromebook Kit Checkout Agreement

      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

      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 Thingiverse.com for ideas about what types of things can be printed 

      Cricut Maker Machine

      • Available for public use during library hours
      • Basic cardstock provided, patrons are responsible for providing any other appropriate materials for projects