A visit to Central Library in downtown Buffalo, NY is a great way to extend classroom learning and expose your students to the wide range of books, media and technology available through the library. Visits can be customized to meet the needs of your specific group.
All public spaces are accessible for persons using mobility aids or wheelchairs however, the building is large, covering two city blocks. Let us know if anyone on the tour will require special accommodation.
Tour requests must be received at least 2 weeks in advance
Dates and times available are subject to staffing.
Allow (3) business days for a response to your request.
The basic tour includes a walk-through and description of book and media collections, Launch Pad makerspace, staff-only area and exhibits. The tour may also include time to browse in the Kids’ Space. Basic visits typically last 45 minutes but please plan for time needed for arrival and departure from buses, lunch or other optional activities. Bus drop-off is typically at the Ellicott Street entrance (which has an escalator to the Main Floor). Please note there is no extended parking option at the library for buses. Visitors who are walking or arriving from the Metro Rail may enter at the Washington Street entrance.
Grades PK- 6: Optional
Grades 7-12: Optional
Guided tour of current gallery exhibit
Guided tour/activities in Launch Pad makerspace
Gallery exhibit-related programs (new exhibit coming May/June 2020)
Library cards *
*Library Cards for School and Group Visits
Follow the steps below to ensure library cards will be completed and ready for your visit.