Lackawanna Public Library

Lackawanna Public Library
    Library Info

    560 Ridge Rd.
    Lackawanna, NY 14218
    United States

    Fax: 716-827-1997

    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.

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

    Lackawanna Public Library

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    St. Patrick's Day Kids' Party

    Saturday, March 11th at 11:00 AM

    Special stories, crafts, and games for St. Patrick's Day

    Pre-Ramadan Iftar Party

    Saturday, March 14th at 6:30 PM

    This year the Library will celebrate an iftar a week before Ramadan begins so that the community can learn about this special time of year and to help with your busy Ramadan schedules. Crafts, activities, and Ramadan treats!


    Weekly Programs

    Toddler Time

    Tuesdays AND NOW 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!

    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

    Wednesday, March 7th at 6:00 PM

    For adults. We will be painting plant pots. All supplies will be provided.

    Jasper the Therapy Dog

    Friday, March 10th at 11:15 PM

    Tuesday, March 21st at 11:15 PM

    This precious dog will sit with you while you share a book with him.


    Saturday, March 4th at 1:00 PM

    Play for Prizes- Bring your family, it is open for all ages and is FREE!

    Lego Club

    Thursday, March 16th at 6:00 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, March 22nd at 11:00 AM

    Our new book club is free and open to the public. We will be reading: Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto and enjoying light refreshments.


    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
    • Michael Sobaszek, Treasurer
    • Michelle Saniewski, Secretary
    • Lynn Dziak, Trustee
    • John Ingram, Trustee
    • Amira Muflahi, Trustee
    • Andrea Haxton, Trustee
    • Gregory Stachowski, Trustee

    Next Meeting Date:

    4/12/23, 5:30 pm at the Lackawanna Library 



    Board Meeting Minutes 

    2023 Minutes

    2022 Minutes

    2021 Minutes

    2020 Minutes

    2019 Minutes

    Board Meeting Documents 2023

    January 2023

    February 2023

    March 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