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1860 Bowen Rd.
Elma , NY 14059 Map
Phone: 716-652-2719
Fax: 716-652-0381
Thomas Carloni, Director

Located on the corner of Bowen and Rice Roads, east of Route 400. Wheelchair accessible. Parking lot and book drop available.

Public Access Computers: 14 computers, networked, including 3 laptops, printing 10¢ per B&W page, 25¢ per color page, flatbed scanner, Microsoft Office Applications, Internet Access, Misc. "What can I do at a Public Access Computer?"

Wi-fi available.

Meeting Room, capacity 60. Copy machine, copies 15 cents each.  Click here for Meeting Room Policy & Application

What's Special About the Elma Library
Local History Collection

2016 Annual Report of the Elma Public Library  

Ongoing Winter Events

  • Book Babies - Tuesdays @ 11:30am from January 9 to February 6.  For newborns to 21/2 year olds.  Join us for rhymes, songs and stories!  Please register.
  • Toddler Time - Tuesdays @ 10:30am from January 9 to February 6.  For ages 21/2 to 31/2.  Treat your toddler to some songs and stories!  Toddlers must bring an adult lap to sit on.  Registration required.
  • Preschool Story Time - Fridays @ 10:30am from January 12 to February 9.  For ages 31/2 to 51/2.  Prepare your child for school!  We'll be doing stories, games and crafts!  Registration required.
  • Gaming Unplugged - Sundays anytime between 12:00 and 5:00pm.  All ages.  Mix and mingle with neighbors and friends!  Join us at the Elma Library for some good old-fashioned tabletop gaming.  We'll have all sorts of board game and card game favorites!  No need to register.



  • Family Movie Night: "Despicable Me 3" - Friday, December 15 @ 7:00pm.  Rated PG.  Join us for a free viewing of the film "Despicable Me 3" at the Elma Public Library!  No need to register.
  • Holiday Lego Pizza Party - Saturday, December 16 @ 1:00pm.  For ages 6-12.  Join us for our annual Holiday Lego Pizza Party!  Please register.
  • Adult Coloring - Monday, December 18 @ 6:30pm.  For ages 18+.  Join us at the Elma Public Library for a relaxing and fun evening of coloring and creativity.  All coloring materials will be provided.  Registration required.
  • Elma Book Club - Wednesday, December 20 @ 6:30pm.  This month's book club selection is The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker.  All welcome to this fun and lively gathering.  Light refreshments will be served.  Please register.
  • Explore & More Presents: Stained Glass Windows - Wednesday, December 27 @ 6:30pm.  Ages 6-12.  Learn about the art of Stained Glass Windows throughout history and in our own backyard!  Children will find inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright while creating his/her very own Stained Glass Window!  Registration begins November 1st.


  • Computer Class: Book A Technology Trainer - Wednesday, January 3 @ 2:00 – 5:00pm – Pre-registration required.
  • Teen Book Club - Monday, January 8 @ 6:30pm.  Ages 11-17.  Our book selection for January is Turtles All the Way Down by John Green.  Join us for lively discussion!  Snacks will be provided.  Please register.

  • Over the Top! Library Fun Club - Wednesday, January 10 @ 6:30pm.  For children in grades K-3.  Joins us for children's stories, games and crafts!  Please register.
  • Elma Lego Club - Saturday, January 20 @ 1:00pm.  Ages 6-12.  The theme for January is "Hidden Treasure."  Join us for some lego-building fun!  Bring a friend along!  Please register.  
  • Elma Cooks! Elma Public Library Cookbook Club - Wednesday, January 24 @ 6:30pm.  Join us for our monthly cookbook club!  Meet fellow foodies, cookbook enthusiasts and wonderful people who will enrich your culinary interests.  We’ll be trying something new this month and asking everyone to bring in your favorite family recipe.  Whether it’s an ancient dish from the “old country” or something new, bring it in for all to try.  Feel free to bring the recipe and we’ll make copies to share…unless it’s a secret!  Sign up by stopping in or by calling 652-2719.
  • Adult Coloring - Monday, January 29 @ 6:30pm.  For ages 18+.  Join us at the Elma Public Library for a relaxing and fun evening of coloring and creativity.  All coloring materials will be provided.  Registration required.


  • Indulge: Delectable Botanical Luxuries - Wednesday, February 7 @ 6:30pm.  Join us at the Elma Public Library for an exciting exploration into plants that pamper!  Kristy Schmitt from the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens will discuss botanical delights such as sugar, wine, perfumes, and of course, chocolate.  You’ll have the opportunity to taste some chocolate and make some essential oil bath salts to take home!  Registration required.
  • Computer Class: iPad & iPhone Basics - Saturday, February 17 @ 1:00 – 3:00pm – Pre-registration required.
  • Adult Coloring - Monday, February 26 @ 6:30pm.  For ages 18+.  Join us at the Elma Public Library for a relaxing and fun evening of coloring and creativity.  All coloring materials will be provided.  Registration required.


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Book Sale Donations

Gently used books in good condition will be accepted during library hours.  Please no text books, Reader's Digests, encyclopedias, VHS tapes, or cassette tapes.  Donate used books at the Elma Library, at the corner of Bowen & Rice Road or call 652-2719.



Elma Public Library Board of Trustees

Kim Marie Dixon, President

Susan Sudlik, Vice President

Ellen B. McGreevy, Treasurer

Terry E. Booth, Secretary

David C. Engberg

Eileen R. Holden

Jay W. Ricketts


The Elma Board of Trustees meets at 7:00pm the second Tuesday of every month, except July and December.


2017 Elma Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes

January 10th, 2017

February 14, 2017

March 21, 2017


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The next scheduled holiday for this location is 12/24/2017 (Christmas Eve)

Winter Hours
Sun12:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Mon01:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Tue10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Wed01:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Fri10:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Sat10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

*Sunday hours for the remainder of 2017 run from September 10 through December 17.

* Summer Hours run from 05/30/2017 to 09/04/2017

Summer Hours
Mon01:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Tue10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Wed01:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Thu10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Fri01:00 PM - 09:00 PM