Clarence Public Library

Clarence Public Library

Three Town Place
Clarence, NY 14031
United States

Fax: 716-741-1243
Monica Mooney, Director

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.

Assistive technology for the visually impaired:

  • 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.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Clarence Library. To register, use the link:

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.

Friends of the Clarence Public Library, Inc.

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

System-Wide Policies

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

Clarence Public Library Calendar of Events

Clarence Public Library Reopening Safety Plan

Clarence Public Library Reopening Plan

We are happy to announce:

New September 2020 Hours


*Beginning September 12, the Clarence Library will be open 10 AM - 5 PM on SATURDAYS*

  • Public computers are available to use. Certain terminals will be unavailable to accommodate social distancing.
  • Tutoring is available by appointment.  Please call to schedule an appointment.
  • The book drop is open for material returns.  Returned library materials will be quarantined for 96 hours to ensure the safety of our patrons and staff. Items returned on time will not accrue fines or fees for the time in quarantine.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: All in-person 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: The Clarence Public Library is currently accepting limited donations.  Click here for guidelines.


Do you shop through Amazon?  You can help support the Clarence Public Library through AmazonSmile!

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Clarence Library. To register, use the link:

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 Circulation Guidelines and Agreement


September 2020 CPL News


Zoom Storytime

Zoom Storytime for Toddlers and Preschoolers: This brief storytime for toddler and preschool age children will include a story and a craft. The access link will be provided below on Tuesday, September 15th and 29th at 11:00 AM. These storytimes have not been made public, but are accessible only with the provided access code.  Call or email us at 716-741-2650 or Registration for this course also secures a craft "kit" for the participant.



Sensory Saturday

Sensory Saturday: At Home Edition: Each week Mr. Jeremy will post a new sensory play activity along with directions on how to do it yourself on the CPL Facebook site.  Past activities will remain available and links to the activities will be provided below.

Ice Cream

Water Beads

Ocean Sounds

Sensory Blocks


D&D GameSpace Online: New and experienced D&D players alike are welcome. For adults and young adults ages 13 and up. Alternate Thursdays from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on the Discord platform. Email addressed to our librarian Jeremy for further information. Jeremy will send a link to the Discord group. You must sign-up for an account to access the group. To access all the available features Discord should be downloaded.


In September we will be installing another temporary storywalk in our Children’s Reading Garden. The pages of the picture book will accompany visitors on a stroll through our gardens.

Study in Sherlock

In September we will be unveiling a new monthly program series. A Study in Sherlock.  The first of the series will be held via Zoom on September 24 at 6:00 PM.  The program will be hosted by Kevin Gallivan. Registration for the program begins September 10. Please call the Clarence Public Library for more information to access the Zoom event. 

S.T.E.A.M. Challenge

Gather leaves to trace or just cut leaves out of paper. Then create a glider! The challenge is to use only paper, tape and paperclips to create your design.  You can start with your own design or emulate the designs above posted on our social media. Post or send successful experiments to our Facebook page or email it to

Tea + Conversation


We are excited to continue our English Conversation Circle. It is held every Thursday at 2:00 PM in the Children’s Reading Garden. This group is a conversation group for native and non-native English speakers  encouraging cultural exchange.

Clarence School Reading Lists

Clarence Center Elementary


First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

Clarence Public Library Board Info

Annual Report

Board of Trustees

Judith Hilburger

Michele Mogavero

Marjorie Ebersole

Marlene Arno
Anita Ballow
Joan Schultz
Joseph Zinni


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, September 28 at 7:15 pm at the Clarence Public Library.  Social distancing is in effect and masks/facial coverings required.

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 26, 7:15 pm
  • Monday, June 1, 7:00 pm *Special Board Meeting*
  • Monday, June 29, 7:15 pm - *To be held at the Clarence Library - Facial coverings required*
  • *July (No Meeting Scheduled)
  • *August (No Meeting Scheduled)
  • Monday, September 28, 7:15 pm - *To be held at the Clarence Library - Facial coverings required*  The meeting will also be presented on Zoom for those who cannot attend in person.  Please email for meeting code if you would like to attend.
  • Monday, October 26, 7:15 pm
  • Monday, November 23, 7:15 pm
  • *December (No Meeting Scheduled) 

2020 Minutes




2019 Minutes

2018 Minutes

2017 Minutes

2016 Minutes

2015 Minutes


  • Clarence Public Library Bylaws, amended September 22, 2014



Strategic Plan