The Transitional Services Division provides library services to the Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden and to the Erie County Holding Center in downtown Buffalo.
Correctional Facility Library
Contains both a law library and a public library with a general collection of over 7,000 books used by inmates for recreation and education. The extensive law collection is accessible through the use of legal databases. Computers without internet access are available to inmates for research and other legal work.
Holding Center Library
Offers both legal and popular materials collections. All inmates have access to legal databases while awaiting trial. Inmates may also borrow materials from Central Library collection upon request, some restrictions apply.
Connections: A Guide to Transitional Services in Erie County
This guide is compiled by library staff and is updated annually. Contains lists of services needed by ex-offenders including, crisis services and counseling, employment and education, housing and food, legal, medical, substance abuse, transportation, and veterans benefits.
Download and print
B&ECPL Connections - English (pdf) | B&ECPL Connections - Spanish (pdf)
For more information call 716-858-7159.
Additional resources for newly-released individuals
Western New York
Erie County Prisoner Re-entry
A part of 211WNY addressing the critical needs of the formerly incarcerated in the critical first 72 hours of returning to the community. Find programs, locations and eligibility information for human service providers throughout Western New York.
Peaceprints™ of WNY
Peaceprints of WNY is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization offering comprehensive reentry services to men and women involved in the criminal justice system. Reentry and Housing Programs are designed to offer provisions and guidance along each step of an individual’s transformation.
Prisoners are People Too, Inc
A grassroots organization providing networking opportunities, referrals to service providers, and community building by redirecting civil, social, and legal barriers to the incarcerated, formerly incarcerated and victims of crime.
Job and Career Resources
An online guide to career exploration, workforce development and employment opportunities.
New York State
- National Reentry Resource Center- NY State
Provides guides, service directories and publications with information needed for a smooth transition to life outside incarceration.
- The Prime Objective: A Guide to Preparing the Job Seeking Ex-Offender
A resource booklet designed to help ex-offenders, or those who work with ex-offenders make reentry into the workforce as successful as possible. Prepared by the New York State Department of Labor.