Elaine M. Panty Branch Library (formerly Riverside Branch Library)

Elaine M. Panty Branch Library (formerly Riverside Branch Library)

820 Tonawanda St.
Buffalo, NY 14207
United States

Patricia Foley, Branch Manager

Located two blocks north of the intersection of Tonawanda and Ontario Streets

  • Fully Accessible
  • Parking lot is located on Prairie St. behind the library
  • Drop box - located outside the Prairie St. entrance; available 24 hours a day 

Facebook Icon

NFTA Bus Route: 5 
NFTA Trip Planner

Public Access Computers

  • 12 Public Access Computers and 1 scanner
  • 2 Children's Computers
  • 2 Online Catalog/Computer Reservation
  • 3 Laptop Computers for in-house use (includes 1 Skype Laptop)
  • Printing - $.10/page for black & white printing; $.25/page for color printing
  • Microsoft Office Applications, Internet Access
  • Wi-Fi available

"What can I do at a Public Access Computer?"


  • Black & white copies only - color copies not available at this location
  • $.15 per copy (8.5 X 11 size); $.30 per copy (8.5 X 14 or 11X 17 sizes)
  • Accepts $1 bills and coins (no pennies) 

Fax Machine - $1.75 for first page, $1 each additional page

2 self checkout units conveniently available

Request fees - $.25 for adult print or audio materials; $1 for DVDs and Blu-Rays

Unclaimed Holds Fees - $1 ALL media items; $.50 ALL print items

Community Room

  • Applications  available to organizations and groups interested in holding activities or meetings
  • Seating capacity is 40
  • All meetings are open to the public

Facility Use Policy (Meeting Room)

Library Card Applications

Part-Time Employment

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

Riverside Branch

February 2020 events at the Elaine M. Panty Branch Library


February 2020
February 1st is Take Your Child to the Library Day!  Stop by any time between 10 am and 6 pm and give our Library Scavenger Hunt a try.  All children completing the hunt will win a prize.  Saturday, February 1st, 10-6.
Preschool Story Time -​ Wednesdays at 10:30 am (Begins February 12th) Stories, songs, crafts and a whole lot of fun!  A perfect introduction to the library for your little one.
Grab 'n Go Valentine Craft - Available February 8th - while supplies last.
Make an Adinkra Sun Catcher  * Celebrate African American History Month * - Saturday, February 22nd at 12 noon.  Call, or stop by the library to register.
Button-Making Thursdays with Mr. Torrian - Every Thursday 4 pm-5 pm.  Get creative and make your own button.
Free Computer Training - Tuesday, February 11th, 11 am-2 pm.  Register for a one-on-one session with a computer trainer.  Limited space - Sign-up today.
ALSO in February:
ESL & Citizenship Classes - Mondays & Wednesdays 1 pm-3 pm
Census Job Information Table - February 11th & 25th, 12:30 pm - 5 pm.  Find out how you can get a job with the Census.
Census 2020 - 2/18, 1o am - 2:30 pm & 2/22 - 11 am - 1:30 pm.  All your questions answered about the upcoming Census 2020.
Citizenship Workshop - February 24th, 6:15 - 7:45.  Help preparing for the Citizenship Exam.
VITA Tax Preparation - Thursdays, 2 pm - 7 pm.  Call 2-1-1 to make an appointment.

Buffalo Branches Board Info

Library System Information on the Board of Trustees

The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System Board of Trustees is the governing body for the downtown Central Library, and the eight branch libraries located in the city of Buffalo. These include: Crane, Dudley, East Clinton,  Frank E. Merriweather, Jr., North Park, Elaine M. Panty Branch Library, Isaías González-Soto Branch Library, and the Leroy R. Coles, Jr. Branch Library.

All System Board of Trustee meetings and committee meetings are open to the public

To see monthly board meeting schedules, agendas and minutes, click here.