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

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

820 Tonawanda St.
Buffalo, NY 14207
United States

Ros Damico, 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 

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NFTA Bus Route: 5 
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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

Requests: No Fee

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.

Elaine M. Panty Branch


The Elaine M. Panty Branch

The library will be OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 

Monday & Thursday: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Wednesday: 9:00 AM -  5:00 PM

Saturday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Closed on Friday and Sunday

Call 716-875-0562 or 716-796-2614 between 11:00 am-7:00 pm Monday and Thursday, 10:00 am-6:00 pm on Tuesday and Saturday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm on Wednesday

Notary service available. Please call ahead to make an appointment and have your current identification and your paperwork in order.


Every other 2nd Thursday of the month beginning in February 2022 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

State Senator Sean Ryan's staff will be here for you!


On Saturday, January 22nd, 1:00-2:00 PM: drop-in session

The Art of Writing Program!

Best for children 6-12 or anyone who would like to

practice printing, cursive, and calligraphy


Income Tax Assistance with VITA volunteers will be here on Thursdays 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

beginning February 3rd

Call 211 to register


B&ECPL Reopening and Safety Plan for Libraries located in the City of Buffalo – COVID-19
Reopen Plan

Our Meeting Room is now are available for socially distanced safe meetings with masks and safety protocols in place. Click here for an application.



free Kids Sports Equipment Lending with your library card!

Play Down Your Fines! Kids under the age of 17 who have fines/fees can get them removed when the sports equipment kit with parents/caregiver's permission is used and returned!

Free Kids Sports Equipment Lending is also available at the Anna M. Reinstein Memorial Library, Cheektowaga, Downtown Central Library, Isaias Gonzalez-Soto Branch, Buffalo, Lackawanna Public Library, Leroy R. Coles, Jr. Branch, Buffalo, Newstead Public Library, and the Town of Collins Public Library!


To view the flyer for this program click here



 Attention Job Seekers: Please browse the list of openings from community/partner organizations and see the Library's Job & Career Resources located here.






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.