Lackawanna Public Library

Lackawanna Public Library
    Library Info

    560 Ridge Rd.
    Lackawanna, NY 14218
    United States

    Fax: 716-827-1997
    Pamela Edholm, Director

    Located on Ridge Road between Route 5 and South Park Avenue. Wheelchair accessible. Parking lot available.

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    Public Access Computers: 16 computers, networked (printing 10 cents B&W per page, 25 cents color per page, now with Mobile Printing) Microsoft Office Applications, Internet Access, Misc. "What can I do at a Public Access Computer?"

    Meeting Room. Study Room. Copy machine, copies 15 cents each. Radio receiver for the visually impaired.

    What's Special About the Lackawanna Library

    The Lackawanna Public Library is a beautiful colonial style building with magnificent oak woodwork throughout the interior. Located on Ridge Road between Route 5 and South Park Avenue, the library was built in 1922 with money donated by Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie was a 19th Century steel tycoon who became one of the 20th Century’s most famous national philanthropists. The Lackawanna Library was one of the last Carnegie Libraries ever constructed.

    The Lackawanna Public Library also houses a Local History museum on our ground floor. Our collections cover maps, photographs, and artifacts from Bethlehem Steel as well as Lackawanna itself.  If you would like more information please call or stop on in and we will be happy to point you in the right direction.

    Lackawanna is rich in local history and just a short walk from the library you will find several local landmarks including Our Lady of Victory Basilica and Shrine and the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. The Library itself was built on a potter’s field and in 1994 a monument was added to honor the unknown buried there. In 2018 the PRONE Group (Paranormal Researchers of Niagara and Erie County) found evidence of paranormal activity at the Lackawanna Library and this "patron" is now affectionately known as Charlie.

    The Lackawanna Library provides something for every age group. Each month the library has story times, crafts, movie nights, book clubs, bingo, computer classes and much more. All of these programs are provided free of charge. The Staff at the Lackawanna Public Library kindly invite you to visit soon and experience everything the library has to offer.

    Kid relaxing on floor

    a boy wearing fancy mask

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

    Lackawanna Public Library

    Left Image: An illustration of a Jack-O-Lantern. Middle Text: October Programs. Right image: An illustration of a bat.



    Saturday, October 7th at 1:00 PM

    Bingo is back! All ages! Play for fabulous prizes!

    Annular Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

    Saturday, October 14th at 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Snacks, crafts, and more! Viewing glasses available!

    Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

    Thursday, October 28th at 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Crafts, stories, trick-or-treating, and a costume contest! Plus, at 1:00 PM, meet some animal friends from Hawk Creek Wildlife Center!


    Weekly Programs

    Toddler Time

    Tuesdays and Fridays 10:30-11:30 AM

    Join us on Tuesday and Friday mornings to sing songs, make crafts and have fun with Miss Lisa and Miss Patti! Click here for this month's themes.

    ESL Help & English Conversations for U.S.A Citizenship Test

    Wednesdays 5:00-6:00 PM

    Adults can gain skills for work, everyday communication, citizenship and more. Work to reach YOUR goals!


    Monthly Programs

    Craft Circle

    Tuesday, September 5th at 6:00 PM

    For adults. We will be making macrame keychains!


    Young Writer's Club

    Wednesday, September 20th 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

    For grades 7-12.  Decorate your notebook and then fill it with ideas! Learn to use fun tools like 'Storymatic' and beautiful illustrations to jumpstart your creativity! Or just sit down and write for an hour. All styles and skill levels welcome!

    LEGO Club

    Thursday,  September 21st at 4:00 PM.

    Focused on ages 5-12. Come in and play with LEGOS! Build your masterpiece and have it on display all month in the library.

    Community Book Club!

    Wednesday, September 27th at 11:00 AM and 6 PM.

    Our book club is free and open to the public. We will be reading: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson. Snacks provided!


    Join the Friends of the Library

    Want to be more involved in your Lackawanna Library? Become a Friend of the Lackawanna Library. We'd love your input on various projects, events, and much more to make a difference in the Lackawanna Community. Stop by the library or call 716-823-0630 to sign up and receive more information.

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    Lackawanna Library Annual Report

    Board of Trustees

    • William Tojek, President
    • Dean Otoka, Vice President
    • Gregory Stachowski, Treasurer
    • Michelle Klubek, Secretary
    • Lynn Dziak, Trustee
    • Andrea Haxton, Trustee
    • John Ingram, Trustee
    • Amira Muflahi, Trustee
    • Michael Sobaszek, Trustee

    Next Meeting Date:

    10/18/23, 5:00 pm at the Lackawanna Library 



    Annual Report:

    Board Meeting Minutes 

    2023 Minutes

    2022 Minutes

    2021 Minutes

    2020 Minutes

    2019 Minutes

    Board Meeting Documents 2023

    January 2023

    February 2023

    March 2023

    April 2023

    May 2023

    June 2023

    July 2023

    August 2023 - No Meeting

    September 2023

    Past Years - Agendas, and Handouts

    January 2022

    February 2022

    March 2022

    April 2022

    May 2022

    June 2022

    July 2022

    August 2022

    September 2022 - No Quorum

    October 2022

    November 2022

    December - No Meeting

    November 2021

    December 2021



    Lackawanna Public Library Bylaws - Consolidated and Amended Feb 1st 2023

    Long Range Plan of Service

    Lackawanna Library Five Year Plan