Visiting the Library

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Welcome to the downtown Central Library, located at 1 Lafayette Square in the heart of the City of Buffalo.  The Library sits between the blocks of Washington , Oak, Ellicott, Clinton and William Streets’. The Library is accessible by car, bike, mass transit, bus, or by foot!  The Library does not have a parking lot.  There are nearby lots and street parking available for a fee. On weekends and evenings street parking is free.

Directions to Central Library

Map of Central Library

Central Library Central Library
Washington St. entrance
Central Library
Ellicott St. entrance

You can enter the Library from either one of these handicapped accessible entrances:

  • Washington Street entrance (across from Lafayette Square), between Clinton and William Streets.
  • Ellicott Street entrance, between Clinton and William Streets.
  • The Clinton Street entrance (between Ellicott and Washington Streets) is open when there are programs taking place in the Auditorium. 



The Milestones of Science: Books that Shook the World exhibit is free and open during all regular library hours.  

Free public tours are available every Saturday at 2:00 p.m. with the exception of holidays.

To book a scheduled tour for your class or group, click here

QR codes accompany the exhibit for self guided tours at any time.

The Milestones exhibit is located in the Library in the Collections Gallery.

From the main floor, take either the elevator, escalator or stairs to the 2nd floor for the Gallery.


Library Hours:

Monday 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday 8:30 a.m. –  8 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. – 6p.m.
Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sundays*   (open on Sundays from the months of September – May) from 12 noon – 5 p.m.  (*The Library is closed on Sundays in the summer months.)


The Library is also closed on these holidays:

New Year’s Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

President’s Day

Good Friday

Easter Sunday

Memorial Day

Independence Day

Labor Day

Veterans Day

Thanksgiving Day

Christmas Day

Inclement weather may close the Library – tune into WBEN Radio (930AM) for updates.


Make a day of visiting the Library.  There’s lots to do!
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Downtown Buffalo is on the move!  It is a vibrant city center with the Library at its hub.  There is a mixture of cultural, business, social, educational and open green spaces plus sports venues, theatres, restaurants, hotels, parks, water activities, night clubs, cafes, Buffalo City Hall and Erie County Hall all within walking distance to the Library.

For information on things to do in the neighborhood when visiting Library follow these links:

Canalside Buffalo:
Visit Buffalo Niagara:
Buffalo Place:

Click here to see programs and events taking place in the Library:


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