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Welcome to the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library (B&ECPL)! As part of its mission, the Library works to promote lifelong learning by encouraging all children and adults in their enjoyment of reading and discovery and by delivering timely, customer-oriented service to meet the informational, recreational and educational needs of the community.

To accomplish this, the B&ECPL provides the following services for teachers throughout Erie County. Library staff encourage teachers and their students to visit the nearest branch to take advantage of these many opportunities! Through the support of educational institutions, public libraries, family members and community organizations, the children of Western New York will receive the most rewarding and well-rounded education possible.

Winter Reading Contest for Kids and Teens
Online winter reading contest for classrooms

Check out these great reads for kids and teens based on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math!
Check out these great reads for kids and teens based on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math!

Class Visits

To schedule visits at a neighborhood library, please contact the facility directly.

The Library has a number of programs tailored to every grade. Book a Class Visit to the Library!

Milestones of Science Classroom Kits

The Library currently offers two Milestones of Science Classroom Kits, an Astronomy Kit and an Earth Science Kit. Click here for more information about how you can request a kit.


The Children's Programming Team has compiled book lists on a variety of heavily requested subjects, from adoption and divorce to adventure books and fantasy. These bibliographies are available online by visiting the Kids' Corner section of the B&ECPL's web site.


Kids' Corner and Teen Space

Did you know that the Kids' Corner and Teen Space sections provide links to web sites to help students complete their homework assignments? Whether looking for an online dictionary or help in using the Internet to do school work, students will find it on the homework pages.


Summer Reading Lists

The B&ECPL posts complete reading lists on its website each summer. Teachers simply need to provide the list in PDF format , formatted for printing, to galvink@buffalolib.orgClick here to download 2015 Summer Reading Letter.

Teachers - guide your students to

Clicking on Kid Search will lead students to a multitude of resources suitable for meeting their research goals.


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