Lackawanna Public Library

Lackawanna Public Library
Library Info

560 Ridge Rd.
Lackawanna, NY 14218
United States

Fax: 716-827-1997
Jennifer Johnston, 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) 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

Library Hours

Monday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Tuesday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Wednesday 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Thursday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Friday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Saturday CLOSED



In-House Programs will return in July

Toddler Time will be in the Lackawanna Library every Tuesday in July @ 10:30 AM 

Cooking Demo returns to the Lackawanna Library on Thursday July 29, 2021 @ 4:00 PM outside as we make Shrimp and Sausage Skewers, Grilled Ranch Potatoes, and Grilled Corn on the Cob. There will also be a gift basket to raffle off each month to welcome all of you back!

Summer Party will be happening outside the Lackawanna Library Friday July 30, 2021 @ 1:00 PM. Play some games for prizes which includes a $15 Target Gift card, enjoy some food and cool drinks to celebrate summer.

Summer Reading BINGO will be starting on July 1, 2021. Download the Board or pick one up at the library. If you get BINGO you will win a prize pack. Play as many times until September 3, 2021. Have fun this summer!

July Newsletter is out for the taking. See what's happening for the month of July plus, some recommendations to check out and of course to welcome everyone back at the Library. New Issue will be released each month.

**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. With the Centennial Anniversary coming up, we'd love your help more than ever! Stop by the library or call 716-823-0630 to sign up and receive more information.

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Lackawanna Library Annual Report

2019 Community Report

Board of Trustees

William Tojek, President

Dean Otoka, Vice President

Michael Sobaszek, Treasurer

Michelle Saniewski, Secretary

Gregory Stachowski, Trustee

Andrea Haxton, Trustee

Lynn Dziak, Trustee



Board Meeting Minutes

2021 Minutes


2020 Minutes

2019 Minutes


Lackawanna Public Library Bylaws





Strategic Plan