Lancaster Public Library

Lancaster Public Library
Library Info

5466 Broadway
Lancaster, NY 14086
United States

Fax: 716-686-0749
Kara Stock, Director

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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.

Entrances

The library has two accessible entrances, a walkable one on 5466 Broadway and a parking lot entrance behind the library off of School Street.

Bike Racks

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.

Fireplace at Lancaster Library

Computers

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.

Copy Machine

Black and white copies only. 15 cents per page for 8 ½ x 11, 30 cents per page for 8 ½ x 14.

Meeting Room

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.

Amazon Smile

When shopping online, use Amazon Smile and .05% of your purchase will go to the Lancaster Public Library. Search for “Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Lancaster, NY” or click https://smile.amazon.com/ch/16-6002581.

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

Lancaster Public Library

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 unless you are fully vaccinated. 

We offer curbside service by appointment. Call ahead to schedule a pickup time.

Walk-Up & Curbside Service Plan
Safety Plan
Reopening Plan

Learning Kits
We have several learning and exploration kits available for a 7-day loan. Borrow an adult coloring kit, birdwatching kit, hiking kit, family gardening kit, and advanced gardener kit. Kits must be returned to the Lancaster Library information desk during open hours.

Memory Kits
Do you have a family member or friend experiencing memory loss? Do you work in an assisted living facility or a nursing home? Memory kits feature a variety of items to inspire memories, discussion, and interactions with people experiencing memory loss. Each kit contains activities such as puzzles, games, books, DVDs, and CDs. Themes are: animals, movies/tv, history, and games. Kits must be returned to the Lancaster Library information desk during open hours.

Yard Games
We have yard games available for a 7-day loan. Borrow Corn Hole, Giant Jenga, Ring Toss, Bocce, or Kan Jam for your next party! Yard games must be returned to the Lancaster Library information desk during open hours.

 

PROGRAMS
 Did you miss an online 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.

Summer Reading RAFFLE - 4 BIG prizes
Now thru Friday, August 13
Check out books to win!
Kids 12 and under receive one raffle ticket for every 5 print books checked out.
Teens 13-17 receive one raffle ticket for every 3 print books checked out.
All prizes are courtesy of Mr. Daniel Zwolinski. Big prize #1: Scooter & $100 Gift Card to Bert’s Bikes. Big prize #2: Inflatable pool, Floats & Pool Toss Game, Big Prize #3: Camping Tent, Sleeping Bag, Telescope & Head Lamp, and Big Prize #4: Ring Toss, Ladder Toss, Frisbee Golf, Corn Hole & Giant Bubble Wand. 

Craft & Carry
Begins June 1
A take home summer craft for kids ages 5 - 12. Limit one per child while supplies last. These kits are funded by the Friends of the Lancaster Library.

STEM Kits: Alka- Seltzer® Rockets
Begins June 1
Pick up a STEM kit to experiment with at home. While supplies last. For ages 5 and up.

StoryWalk® Inside the Library
June 1 - June 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.

Preschool Storytime
Tuesdays, June 8 - June 29, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. (Session 1) & 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Session 2)
In-person storytime is back! Ms. Meg will read stories, have bubbles, and hand out a craft to make at home. Please note that all in-person programs require masks and social distancing. One child and one adult can participate. Registration is required and space is limited. Please stop in or call 716-683-1120 to sign up. Ages 3-5.

Summer Reading BINGO for Teens and Adults - Win a Fitbit
Wednesday, June 23 - Tuesday, August 31
Pick up a bingo sheet at our library and complete a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line. Turn in your card at the Lancaster Public Library and you’ll be entered to win a Fitbit! Fitbits are courtesy of Mr. Daniel Zwolinski. For teens and adults.

Color by Number Reading Log - Win prizes!
Wednesday, June 23 - Tuesday, August 31
Our reading log is back in a colorful new way! Pick up a color by number reading log in the library to participate. Color a section after reading a book. Once you read 10 books, color and complete the reading log and turn it in for a prize! For kids up to age 17.

Scavenger Hunt: Frosty's Ice Cream Coupons
Monday, June 28 - Saturday, September 4
Find a coupon for Frosty's Ice Cream in the children's section of the library. Several coupons will be hidden each day. For kids up to age 12. One coupon per child. Coupons are courtesy of the Leary family.

Craft & Carry
Begins July 1
A take home summer craft for kids ages 5 - 12. Limit one per child while supplies last. These kits are funded by the Friends of the Lancaster Library.

STEM Kits: Engineering with Aluminum Foil Bridges
Begins July 1
Pick up a STEM kit to experiment with at home. This month's theme: Aluminum foil bridges. While supplies last. For ages 5 and up.

Preschool Storytime
Tuesdays, July 6 - July 27, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. (Session 1) & 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Session 2)
Fridays, July 9 - July 30, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

In-person storytime is back! Ms. Meg will read stories, have bubbles, and hand out a craft to make at home. Please note that participants must wear a mask unless fully vaccinated. One child and one adult can participate. Registration is required and space is limited. Please stop in or call 716-683-1120 to sign up. Ages 3-5.
 

Read to Lucy the Dog
Tuesdays, July 6 & 20, 12:30- 1:30 p.m.
Pick out a book and practice reading out-loud to Lucy, a therapy dog. Improve literacy skills and reading confidence! One person or one child/one adult can visit with the animal at a time. Masks required. Registration required. Call 716-683-1120 or stop in to sign up for a 15-minute reading session. Ages 4 and up.

Mahjong Club
Every Wednesday (begins July 7), 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Play the Chinese version of Mahjong. No registration required.

Kids Craft Olympics
Fridays, July 9 - July 30, 11:30 - 11:00 p.m.
Celebrate the Summer Olympics with a weekly craft to make in the library and take home. Weekly crafts include: Olympic medals, Olympic torch, olive wreath, and Olympic ring bracelets. Please note that participants must wear a mask unless fully vaccinated. Registration is required and space is limited. Please call 716-683-1120 or stop in to sign up. Ages 6- 11.

Paws for Love: Read to a Dog in the Library
Saturday, July 17, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Pick out a book and practice reading out-loud to a therapy dog. Improve literacy skills and reading confidence! One person or one child/one adult can visit with the Paws for Love volunteer and animal at a time. Everyone must wear a mask covering nose and mouth at all times, and sanitize hands before petting the therapy animal. Registration required. Call 716-683-1120 or stop in to sign up for a 15-minute reading session. Ages 4 and up.

Chicken BBQ
The Friends of the Lancaster Public Library invite you to a Chicken BBQ. Enjoy a BW's Barbecue chicken dinner for $12. Dinner includes chicken, potato salad, coleslaw, roll/ butter, and a home backed cookie. Take out only. Located in the parking lot (off of School Street). All proceeds to help keep the library open on Sundays during the school year.

 

200th Anniversary Countdown

Lancaster Public Library Board Info

Annual Report

2020 Annual Report


Board of Trustees

Suzanne Jacobs, President
Kenneth Graber, Vice President
Jan Yarborough, Treasurer
Barbara Tamol, Secretary
Gary Howell
Kristyn Wind

The Lancaster Public Library Board of Trustees meet the second Thursday of the month at 4:00 p.m. in the Lancaster Public Library's Community Room.  


Board Meetings, Agendas, Minutes

2021

Agendas

Minutes

Transcripts

Audio

2020

Agendas

Minutes

Transcripts

Audio

2019

Agendas

Minutes

2018

Agendas

Minutes

2017

Agendas

Minutes

2016

Agendas

Minutes

2015

Agendas

Minutes

2014

Agendas

Minutes

2013

Agendas

Minutes

Bylaws

By-Laws and Conflict of Interest Policy


Budget

2021 Budget


Strategic Plan

Long Range Plan 2018 - 2021