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, 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

Library Hours


Tuesday 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Wednesday 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Thursday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Friday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Programs for January 2022

Checkout our January 2022 Newsletter

Toddler Time: Every Tuesday in January. Sing some songs, do some crafts, and have some fun with Miss Lisa and Miss Patti.

Bingo at the Library: Bingo is back on Saturday January 8, 2022 @ 1:00 PM. Play for Prizes, Bring your Friends and Family. Program is Free. All Ages are Welcome!

Virtual Cooking Demo: Wednesday January 22, 2022 @ 1:00 PM. Miss Meg makes warm, comforting Cheeseburger Soup just in time to warm up for the winter. The Demo will be featured on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Fun for all Ages. Bon Appetit!

Emmalee's Memories The Ice Queen: The Ice Queen is coming to the Lackawanna Library just in time for winter. Hear a story and sing some songs. Program is Free. All Ages are Welcome.

 **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