Central (downtown Buffalo)
1 Lafayette Square
Directions to Central Library
Map of the Central Library
Fables Cafe is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM - 3 PM (the kitchen closes 1/2 hour before closing time).
Assistive Technology Room (ATR) is open during all regular open hours.
Rare Book Room: Researchers are advised to call for an appointment at 858-8900.
Extending two city blocks in length, encompassing more than 400,000 square feet of floor space and more than 58 miles of shelving, the Central Library in Lafayette Square in the heart of downtown Buffalo is headquarters of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library system. Completed in 1964, this facility houses approximately 2 million volumes, special exhibition rooms for rare and valuable materials like the Mark Twain Room, a host of centralized administrative and support operations for the 37-outlet system, and a 324-seat auditorium with a Steinway grand piano. The auditorium and meeting rooms may be reserved for events.
Black and white copies are available at 15 cents each and color copies are available at 50 cents each. Public access computers are available. Printing from public access computers is 25 cents per page. "What can I do at a Public Access Computer?"
Wireless access is also available on both the first and second floor.
Library System Information on the Board of Trustees
The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System Board of Trustees is the governing body for the downtown Central Library, and the eight branch libraries located in the city of Buffalo. These include: Crane, Dudley, East Clinton, East Delavan, Frank E. Merriweather, Jr., Niagara, North Park and the Riverside Branch Libraries.
All System Board of Trustee meetings and committee meetings are open to the public
To see monthly board meeting schedules, agendas and minutes, click here
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The next scheduled holiday for this location is 11/27/2014 (Thanksgiving Day)