Central Library - Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System | Kids Out and About Buffalo

Central Library - Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System

Address: 
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo , NY , 14203
Phone: 858-8900
42° 53' 7.2456" N, 78° 52' 18.4008" W
Contact name: 
Kristi Dougherty
Seasons in which we offer activities (select "All seasons" for all): 
Ages for which our activities are most appropriate: 
The Central Library, located at 1 Lafayette Square in Downtown Buffalo, is the headquarters of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System.

A little about the Central Library...

Extending two city blocks in length, encompassing more than 400,000 square feet of floor space and more than 58 miles of shelving, the Central Library in Lafayette Square in the heart of downtown Buffalo is headquarters of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library system. Completed in 1964, this facility houses approximately 2 million volumes, special exhibition rooms for rare and valuable materials like the Mark Twain Room and the Rare Books Room. The Launch Pad MakerSpace also features innovative technology such as laser cutting, computer programming, 3D printing, media production, sewing machines and collaborative work spaces.

The Library is within walking distance of other downtown destinations including the  ball park, Shea's Performing Arts center and many restaurants. Evans Bank Station @ Lafayette Square of the NFTA Metro Rail line is one block west of the Washington Street entrance to the Library -- you can take a trip to Buffalo Waterfront Canalside and/or Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum! A visit to the Central Library is definitely worth a stop downtown! Oh, and parking meters are free on Saturdays!

A little about Children's Services & Outreach...

The Central Library Children's Department hosts free children's events on a regular basis including seasonal festivals, performers and activities all centered around celebrating and promoting literacy. We have thousands of children's books, DVDs, audiobooks, and early reading materials. There is even a reference desk just for the Kids' Space!

Open hours: 
Sunday: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Monday: 8:00 am-7:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am-7:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am-7:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am-7:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Location:

Central Branch Buffalo & Erie County Library
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY, 14203
United States

Phone:

716-858-8900

B is for Book: Children's Stories Through the Centuries (Exhibit)

Dates: 
10/15/2021
10/16/2021
10/18/2021
Time: 
Open during all Library open hours

Location:

ONLINE ONLY

Location:

1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY, 14203
United States

Phone:

716-858-8900

Astronomy Day

Dates: 
10/16/2021
Time: 
11:00AM-3:00PM

Location:

1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY, 14203
United States

Phone:

716-491-7115

Sensory Stay n’ Play (ages 3-5, with caregiver)

Dates: 
10/16/2021
11/20/2021
12/18/2021
Time: 
10:00AM-11:00AM

Location:

ONLINE ONLY

Checkers Library TV presents “The Reading Road Trip: Full STEAM Ahead”

Dates: 
10/18/2021
10/25/2021
11/01/2021
Time: 
10:00AM

Location:

1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY, 14203
United States

Phone:

716-858-8900

Huge Annual Used Book Sale

Dates: 
10/21/2021
10/22/2021
10/23/2021
Time: 
4:00PM

Location:

1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY, 14203
United States

Phone:

716-858-7100

Trick or Treat Bags

Dates: 
10/25/2021
10/26/2021
10/27/2021
Time: 
9:00AM

Organization learning resources

Title Description Cost
Library Resources for Educators
PUBLISHED
Academic - General
Reading
Writing
History / social studies
Science - STEM - General
Mathematics
STEM - Computers
Visual arts / crafts
Music
Misc
Babies/Toddlers
Preschoolers
Early Elementary School
Late Elementary School
Middle School
High School
Adults