Three Town Place
Clarence, NY 14031
The library is located on Old Goodrich and is next to the Clarence Town Hall. Wheelchair accessible. Parking lot available. Drop box available.
Public Access Computers: 19 computers, networked. Microsoft Office applications and Internet access. Printing from computer: B&W 10¢ per page, color 25¢ per page. "What can I do at a Public Access Computer?"
Copy machine available: B&W 15¢ per page for letter size.
A Meeting Room is available as a location for community informational services and for programs or meetings of established and recognized groups and associations whose purposes are educational, cultural, civic, or of general community interest.
- An Optelec Clearview 300 Low Vision Magnifier is available for use in the library. Donated by the Lion's Club of Clarence.
- The Aladdin Classic is available for use in the library. Purchased with funds donated by the Lion's Club of Clarence.
- Pebble HD Hand-Held Magnifier is available for use in the library. This item was purchased with funds donated by the Lion's Club of Clarence.
- Digital Talking Book Players from the New York State Talking Book & Braille Library are available for in-house use by eligible patrons.
What's Special About the Clarence Library:
The library opened at its current location in September 2001 and is one of the largest community libraries in the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System.
A special toddler and preschool area promotes reading with parents. Adults have a relaxing area in which to read newspapers and magazines. Free WiFi is available and the Clarence Library regularly offers a variety of computer classes through its "Clarence Library Cyber-Train." The library is well known for the variety of Summer events and programs for children and their families and also provides quality programs throughout the year. Situated in a park-like setting, the library affords many new opportunities to its community and is a state of the art library for both adults and children.
Also of note:
A large Classic Movie collection featuring films from the silent era through the 1960s
A monthly Senior Activity Day at the Clarence Library in partnership with the Clarence Senior Center
The Clarence Bee Newspaper: Bound volumes (1965-1982) and microfilm (1983-2014)
Flight 3407 Memorial - Designed by Hadley Exhibits and dedicated in October 2017, this informational touch-screen kiosk provides biographies of the loved ones lost in the tragic crash of Flight 3407 that took place in Clarence Center on February 12, 2009 and provides a history of all facets of the tragedy including a tribute to first responders and to the work of family members who have campaigned tirelessly in Washington D.C. to ensure adequate pilot training and have helped bring about improved airline safety and pilot training regulations.
Some Ways to Support the Clarence Library:
The Friends Place Book Store, operated by the Friends of the Clarence Public Library, Inc., is a great place to shop for quality used and donated books and materials. Proceeds support the programs and services of the Clarence Public Library.
Fowler's Candy Bars are on sale for $1 per bar. Proceeds support the programs and services of the Clarence Public Library.
A percentage of your Amazon purchases will be donated to benefit the Clarence Public Library.
Become a member of the Friends of the Clarence Public Library.
The Friends of the Clarence Public Library is a non-profit group of citizens who believe that an excellent library is essential to a community. They work to promote and assist the library and are responsible for raising money to add to the basic collection and provide for special needs.
The Friends of the Clarence Public Library generally meets at the library on the fourth Monday at 6:00 pm of each month. The next scheduled meeting is Monday, January 27.
"The Friends Place" book store, located off the lobby, is a great place to shop for used and donated books and other material. The book store is scheduled to be open during regular library hours but is staffed entirely by volunteers. If you're available to help out, please consider filling out an application and volunteering your time.
Clarence Public Library Policies
- Clarence Public Library Rules of Conduct, amended September 23, 2019
- Clarence Public Library Meeting Room Policy, approved October 27, 2014, amended February 25, 2019
- Clarence Public Library Used Book Donation Guidelines June 2014
- Clarence Public Library Tutoring Policy, approved February 26, 2018
- Clarence Public Library Claims Audit Policy, approved November 28, 2016
- Clarence Public Library Display Case and Exhibit Policy, approved January 28, 2019
- Clarence Public Library Whistleblower Policy, adopted February 25, 2019
- Clarence Public Library Procurement Policy, Approved May 18, 2015, Reviewed March 25, 2019
- Clarence Public Library Bulletin Board Policy, Adoped October 26, 2015, Reviewed March 25, 2019C
The Clarence Public Library is a member of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System.
Please note this very important message: To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Clarence Public Library will remained closed until such time as the guidance of the Governor of the State of New York supports reopening. If you have materials to return they may be placed in our drive-up drop box which is available 24 hours a day. Please check back regularly for any updates. Thank you for your understanding.
The due dates of all library materials checked out since February 11 have been extended to Monday, May 18, 2020. In the event that the library is closed and you still wish to return your materials, our outdoor dropbox is available 24/7.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: All public programs at the Clarence Public Library are suspended.
We apologize for the inconvenience. The decision to cancel library programs was made in support of the current initiatives suggested by the Erie County Health Department Commissioner and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in an effort to reduce public exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Check back here our the Clarence Public Library page on Facebook for updates. Thank you.
DONATIONS UPDATE: For the remainder of March, the Clarence Public Library will not be accepting any material donations. We appreciate your understanding.
Mini-Storytime for Toddlers and Preschoolers (virtual) online: This brief storytime for toddler and preschool age children will include a story, song and/or chant as well as a suggested activity or craft. The access link will be provided below at midnight the evening before and removed at midnight of the next week. These storytimes have not been made public, but are accessible only with the provided link.
- Clarence Public Library Annual Report - 2015
- Clarence Public Library Annual Report - 2016
- Clarence Public Library Annual Report - 2017
- Clarence PUblic Library Annual Report - 2018
Board of Trustees
Board Meetings, Agendas, Minutes
The Clarence Library Board of Trustees generally meets at the library on the fourth Monday of each month unless otherwise noted. The next scheduled meeting is Monday, April 27, at 7:15 pm.
A special meeting of the Clarence Public Library Board of Trustees will be held on Monday, March 30 at 4:00 pm.
Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (786) 535-3211
Access Code: 901-859-157
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2020 Clarence Library Board Meeting Schedule
- Monday, January 27, 7:15 pm
- Monday, February 24, 7:15 pm
- Monday, March 23, 7:15 pm *The March 23rd Library Board Meeting has been cancelled*
- Monday April 27,7:15 pm
- Monday, May 18, 7:15 pm
- Monday, June 22, 7:15 pm
- *July (No Meeting Scheduled)
- *August (No Meeting Scheduled)
- Monday, September 28, 7:15 pm
- Monday, October 26, 7:15 pm
- Monday, November 23, 7:15 pm
- *December (No Meeting Scheduled)
- January 25
- February 22
- March 28
- April 25
- May 23
- June 27
- August 4
- September 26
- October 24
- November 28
- Clarence Public Library Bylaws, amended September 22, 2014
- Clarence Public Library Longe Range Plan (2016-2021)