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- Audiobooks Listen to your favorite books on CD.
- Book Club in a Bag Gather up a few friends and start your own book club. It’s in the bag!
- eBooks Load your Kindle, Nook, iPad, tablet or computer for free. Download Instructions
- Gaming Unplugged -Borrow board games for up to 3 weeks.
- Large Print Books Available at every library location.
- Learn a Language Kits Learn a new language while listening on CD.
- Library by Mail New!
- Movies, documentaries and TV series on DVD Borrow favorite movies and TV shows for free.
- Music on CD Listen to old favorites, explore world music, or learn about the symphony for free.
- Travel guides Plan a trip or just travel in your armchair.
Connect Online or In-Person
- Bistro Bookers Interested in a casual, stimulating night out? Join this after hours book review/discussion forum held at 5:30 pm at Chef’s Restaurant. No reservation required.
- Book-a-Librarian Make an appointment to meet one-on-one for up to an hour with a reference librarian at the Central Library.
- Book-a-Technology Trainer Make an appointment at the Central Library to get one-on-one help setting up a tablet or e-reader, email or social media account. Or contact your local library to learn about their trainings.
- Bookmobile The Library on Wheels stops at locations and events throughout Erie County.
- Computer Classes Free classes offered at Central Library, Buffalo branches and town libraries.
- Erie County Department of Health Health programs and information at Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries.
- Exhibits at Central Library
- Grosvenor Room Explore Genealogy and local history at the Central Library. You may also like the Genealogy and Local History Blog.
- Launch Pad Explore the Central Library's MakerSpace and try out the recording studio, circuits or augmented reality. Creative offerings in a low-stress, friendly environment. Check out special demonstrations and events.
- Lectures at Central Library
- Imagine Series Lectures every Tuesday from the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History & Nature
- Literally Speaking Downtown’s lunchtime book discussion group. Check the link for dates and titles.
- Local History Explore our Digital Collections.
- Reading Contests Read a book, write a brief review for a chance to win.
- Assistive Technology Room (ATR) at Central Library contains technology to help make access to library services easier. Usage Guidelines
Audio Described Movies are designed for use by persons with visual disabilities. Many are currently in the library's catalog. To learn more about this feature, visit A Voice is Worth a Thousand Pictures or The Audio Description Project.
Library by Mail New!
- Proxy Card If you are unable to visit the library yourself to apply for a library card, complete this application to give permission to someone else to use your library card on your behalf.
- Talking Book and Braille Library Program The New York State Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL) lends audio and Braille books and magazines to eligible residents of upstate New York who have a qualifying print disability.
And that’s not all… each of our 37 locations throughout Erie County offers a unique variety of opportunities for learning and enjoyment. Visit their webpages for more details.
Subject Guides for Seniors Contain websites, databases and books chosen by librarians to help you explore new and interesting topics.