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1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo NY 14203, 716-858-8900

All Roads Lead to the Central Library! The Central Library of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System is conveniently located on Lafayette Square in the heart of downtown Buffalo.


The Central library is one block north of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Building (bus terminal). Several bus routes intersect at or near the Library. The Lafayette Square Station of the NFTA Metro Rail Line is one block west of the Washington Street entrance of the Library.


From the Buffalo International Airport or points east... take the Kensington Expressway (Rt. 33) west into Buffalo. The Expressway empties onto Oak Street. Proceed south to William.

From the New York State Thruway (Rt. 90)... take the Niagara Extension (Rt. I-190) to the Elm Street Exit. Proceed north to William.   Turn left.


Nearby public and paid parking includes:

  • the AllPro parking lot (Directly North of the library between Washington and Broadway. Enter from Ellicott Street)

Metered public parking is available on some area streets around the library including Oak, Clinton, Washington, William, Ellicott and Broadway. Meters are free on Saturdays and Sundays and after 5p.m. on weekdays. This is subject to change, regulated by the City of Buffalo and not by the Library.



All library entrances (Washington, Ellicott and Oak St. are barrier free and are open during regular library hours. They all offer cut-away curbs for wheelchair access.  Automatic doors feature controls less than 48" high. Call 716-858-7185 for handicapped parking information.

The Ellicott St. entrance (between William and Clinton) is easiest to enter for vehicle drop-off. This entrance is open during all regular library hours. 

The Library does have an entrance on Clinton Street at the location to the Auditorium.  This entrance is only open when there are events in the auditorium. This entrance is also a barrier free access entrance to the library.

Call 716-858-7185 for handicapped parking information.

For general information call...  716-858-8900.  TDD:  716-842-0051,



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Library Hours
Mon 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tue 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wed 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thu 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Fri 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM *
*Sunday Hours run from January 8, 2012 Through May 20, 2012 AND September 30, 2012 Through December 16, 2012

Grosvenor Room Open Hours
Mon 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tue 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wed 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thu 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Fri 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM *
*Sunday Hours run from January 8, 2012 Through May 20, 2012 AND September 30, 2012 Through December 16, 2012