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 (including Mobile 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 of the month at 6:00 pm. The September meeting has been cancelled. Please check back for future meeting dates.
"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
- Bylaws, adopted March 18, 2002, Amended to include Article 6 on September 22, 2014, Amended to include Article 2 Governance Committee on January 28, 2019
- Claims Audit Policy, approved November 28, 2016
- Bulletin Board Policy, adoped October 26, 2015, Reviewed March 25, 2019
- Conflict of Interest Policy, adopted July 1, 2014, Reviewed January 22, 2018
- Display Case and Exhibit Policy, approved January 28, 2019
- Freedom of Information Law - FOIL Policy
- Meeting Room Policy, approved October 27, 2014, amended February 25, 2019
- Open Meetings Policy, adopted January 25, 2021
- Procurement Policy, approved May 18, 2015, Reviewed March 25, 2019
- Public Health Emergency Operations Plan
- Rules of Conduct Policy, amended June 1, 2020
- Telecommuting Policy, adopted January 25, 2021
- Tutoring Policy, approved February 26, 2018
- Used Book Donation Guidelines, June 2014
- Whistleblower Policy, adopted February 25, 2019
The Clarence Public Library is a member of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System.
New carpeting coming soon! In preparation, we will be unable to accept material donations beginning Monday, October 25. No exceptions!
Autumn Book Sale - sponsored by the Friends of the Clarence Public Library.
The Clarence Public Library is open to the public! We look forward to seeing you!
Until further notice, properly worn facial coverings are required while in the Clarence Public Library, regardless of vaccination status. Thank you for your cooperation.
Hours of Operation
Monday - 10-9
Tuesday - 10-9
Wednesday - 10-6
Thursday - 10-9
Friday - 10-5
Saturday - 10-5
Clarence Public Library Micro-Cluster Plan - Updated-12-21-2020
Paper HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) application packets available at the Clarence Library from the Erie County Department of Social Services.. Call 716-741-2650 to reserve a packet (while supplies last).
Do you shop through Amazon? You can help support the Clarence Public Library through AmazonSmile!
STEM Kits at the Clarence Public Library!
STEM Kits are available to check out from the Clarence Public Library! The STEM Kit Circulation Guidelines and Agreement are linked below. Please call the library at 741-2650 with any questions!
STEM KIT PDF with links to the kits in the catalog. Click here to download.
If you have never been to the Clarence Public Library see our Children's Reading Garden and view from the
D&D: Gamespace: New and experienced players alike are welcome. For adults and young adults ages 13 and up. On Thursdays from 4:00 to 6:00 pm (all except the first Thursday.) The first Thursday of the month will be dedicated to tabletop games. This tabletop gamespace will feature elements of strategy, light role play, and cooperative gameplay. The remaining three Thursdays will be devoted to the play of Dungeons & Dragons. This program is currently full. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org addressed to our librarian Jeremy for further information.
Crafternoon is a creative making program geared towards children. Make and decorate a skeleton diorama, a scene of a flying witch, or a bat and ghost mobile. This event will be held on October 26 at 4:00 pm. Space is limited. Physical distancing and masks are required. Register online or call 716-741-2650. If registration online is full, please call the library for availability.
Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper: Tuesday, October 26 at 7:00 pm. Special event presented by A Study in Sherlock. The program will feature special guest Michael Hawley author of The Ripper's Haunts as well as several other well-received fiction and nonfiction books and articles on Jack the Ripper. Also participating will be Kevin Gallivan, a lifelong scholar on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes. The discussion will delve into the connections between the world-famous fictional detective and the infamous real-life serial killer. Call 716-741-2650 to register. Masks required for all attendees.
- Clarence Public Library Annual Report - 2015
- Clarence Public Library Annual Report - 2016
- Clarence Public Library Annual Report - 2017
- Clarence Public Library Annual Report - 2018
- Clarence Public Library Annual Report - 2019
- Clarence Public Library Annual Report - 2020
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.
2021 Clarence Library Board Meeting Schedule
- January 25* - via Zoom
- February 22
- March 22
- April 26
- May 24
- June 28
- July - No Meeting Scheduled
- August 23 - *Special Meeting
- September 27
- October 25
- November 22
- December - No Meeting Scheduled
Next Meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 25 at 7 pm.
- January 27
- February 24
- March 30
- April 27
- May 26
- June 1
- July 20
- September 28
- October 26
- November 23
- December 16
- December 21
- 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 Long Range Plan (2016-2021)