Erie County Library

Find Erie County New York libraries, such as state, town, city, public, private, college and university library branches. Libraries provide information on applications, borrowing books, ebooks, library programs, online databases and research.

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library 1 Lafayette Square Buffalo NY 14203 716-858-8900

Buffalo History Museum (formerly the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society) 1 Museum Court Buffalo NY 14216 716-873-9644

Canisius College - Library 2001 Main Street Buffalo NY 14208 716-883-7000

Charles B. Sears Law Library 211 Putnam Way Buffalo NY 14260 716-645-6765

E. H. Butler Library 1300 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo NY 14222 716-878-6300

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How are Public Libraries funded?

The vast majority of funding that supports the operation of Public Libraries comes from county and local governments. At times, grant funding may be available for specific programs, projects, or capital improvements. Fees for special programs and services account for a relatively small percentage of revenue for Public Libraries.

What are the Friends of the Library?

Friends of the Library are organizations formed to support their local Public Libraries. They typically establish themselves as independent, non-profit organizations that conduct fundraising to supplement Library resources and organize Library related events.

What is the Dewey Decimal system?

The Dewey Decimal system is a classification system used in many libraries to organize their books. The classification number allows for books to easily be located or returned to their assigned place in the library. The system is constantly revised to keep up with changes in the libraries.