Lancaster, NY 14086
Located in the heart of the historical village of Lancaster on Broadway (Route 20) east of Central Avenue. Recently expanded parking lot available behind the library off of School Street. Wheelchair accessible.
The library has two accessible entrances, a walkable one on 5466 Broadway and a parking lot entrance behind the library off of School Street.
The library has a bike rack located at the Broadway entrance and one located in the parking lot behind the library. Bikes should always be securely locked.
What’s Special about the Lancaster Public Library
Lancaster’s first library was organized in 1821 by veterans of the Revolution and the War of 1812. The current building was completed in 1975 and houses approximately 60,000 volumes including a large selection of children’s picture books. Special collections available to borrow include: local history, large print, graphic novels and manga, biographies, classic movies, and a range of TV series.
Read by our beautiful working copper fireplace.
The library has 19 public computers for adults, 2 with flatbed scanners, and 4 public computers for children. Adult computers have internet access and Microsoft Office 2016. 6 laptops are available to check out and use in the library.
Printing is 10 cents black and white per page, 25 cents color per page.
WiFi is also available throughout the library.
Black and white copies only. 15 cents per page for 8 ½ x 11, 30 cents per page for 8 ½ x 14.
The meeting room is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Donated Book Guidelines
The library is unable to accept donated materials during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Friends of the Lancaster Library
The mission of the Friends of the Lancaster Library is to provide funding for Sunday hours. They are a 501(c)(3) organization. Membership forms are available here and inside the library.
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Lancaster Public Library Policies
- Bulletin Board Policy
- By-Laws and Conflict of Interest Policy
- Claims Audit Policy
- Debit Card Policy
- Disaster Plan/Emergency Procedures
- Display Case Policy
- Ethics Policy
- Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) Policy
- Gift Policy
- Investment Policy
- Lost and Found Policy
- Open Meeting Policy
- Petty Cash Policy
- Procurement Policy
- Public Health Emergency Operations Plan
- Public Relations Policy
- Meeting Room Policy & Rules of Use
- Meeting Room Application
- Rules of Conduct
- Whistleblower Policy
The Lancaster Library is a member of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System.
Lancaster Public Library is OPEN to the public. The hours are as follows:
- Monday 10-6
- Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 10-9
- Friday & Saturday 10-5
Please wear a mask fully covering your mouth and nose. Social distancing will continue to be in place. If you are feeling unwell, please visit us another time. We also offer curbside service by appointment. Please call ahead to schedule a pickup time.
The library has both Federal and New York State 2020 tax forms. They are located in the downstairs lobby. Follow this link to view a list of available forms: Tax Forms List.
We have yard games available for a 7-day loan. Borrow Corn Hole, Giant Jenga, or Kan Jam for your next party! Yard games must be returned to the Lancaster Library information desk during open hours.
VIRTUAL (ONLINE) PROGRAMMING
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all library programming is taking place online. Did you miss a program? Please check out our playlists at https://www.facebook.com/pg/LancasterLib/videos/ for archived videos.
Lancaster Public Library 1821-2021: 200th Anniversary Reading Log Challenge
Help the library celebrate our 200th anniversary by participating in our reading log challenge. Each log is for 20 books. Hand it in when completed for a chance to win a Kindle! Pick up a reading log at our information desk and see if you can make it to 200 books in honor of our anniversary. All ages! Winners will be announced this December.
Craft & Carry
Begins April 1
A take home spring craft for kids ages 5 - 12. Limit one per child while supplies last. These kits are funded by the Friends of the Lancaster Library.
April Virtual (online) Crafternoons
Wednesdays, April 14, 21, & 28 at 1:00 p.m.
Ask for a craft at the front desk. Then visit our Facebook page every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. to follow along with Ms. Meg: http://www.facebook.com/LancasterLib/. No registration required.
4/14 - Cherry blossom craft
4/21 - Earth Day craft
4/28 - Bird feeder craft
StoryWalk® Inside the Library
April 5 - April 30
Take a walk and read a book in a unique way around the children's area of our library. Follow the numbers on the floor and discover a craft you may take and make at home.
The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.
Virtual (online) STEM Saturday - Scratch Art
Saturday, April 10 at 2:00 p.m.
This month's experiment is scratch art. Stop in to the library and ask for a STEM kit to experiment with at home. Follow along with Ms. Meg at 2:00 p.m. on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LancasterLib. For ages 5 and up. While supplies last.
Virtual (online via Zoom) Kidding Around Yoga
Tuesday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m.
These fun-filled yoga classes on Zoom will include music, storytelling, yoga poses, playful breathing techniques, and a special guided relaxation time for you and your child. For ages 3- 6. Parent/ caregiver participation is required. Class is taught by Donna Baia, certified KAY instructor. Registration will open April 6. The Zoom link will be emailed to you after registration. Register at: www.kiddingaroundyoga.com/donna (link is under Donna's class schedule). Space is limited.
Spring Reading Log - Win BIG Prizes!
Ends May 21
Our online reading log is back for the spring. Kids up to age 17 can submit an entry for every book read for a chance to win a prize. Prizes include: rocket tent, arts and crafts vault, star wars legos, microscope and binoculars, and kinetic sand. Drawing will be held on Monday, May 24. Enter: http://bit.ly/LNCSpring21.
Board of Trustees
Suzanne Jacobs, President
Kenneth Graber, Vice President
Jan Yarborough, Treasurer
Barbara Tamol, Secretary
The Lancaster Public Library Board of Trustees meet the second Thursday of the month at 4:00 p.m. in the Lancaster Public Library unless otherwise noted.
Board Meetings, Agendas, Minutes
- January 14
- February 11
- March 11
- April 8 - This meeting was held remotely via Zoom, Call in: (929) 205-6099, Meeting ID: 613 774 4639, Password: 052769.