Open: These Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries Are Now Open

Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries
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If you follow us closely, you know we love a good public library. I mean who doesn’t love free books, amirite?

Lucky for you big summer readers as of Monday, June 8 many Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries reopened to the public after being closed for ten weeks.

The full list of reopened libraries can be found here including the Central Library and all eight branch libraries located in the City of Buffalo.


In a newsletter to members, Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries explained, “Safety is our number one priority and all libraries will be following strict social distancing and cleaning measures.”

“All library staff and patrons will be required to wear a face covering. Libraries have installed colorful “spacing dots” in key locations to enforce the recommended six foot social distancing, and pursuant to recommended guidelines, all returned materials (books, DVDs, CDs, etc.) will be quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours before being placed back on shelves.  Additionally, libraries will be following cleaning and disinfecting guidelines as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”


Remember, hours may be reduced due to onsite staffing restrictions as set forth by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Orders. Additionally, meeting rooms will remain closed for now and virtual library programs will continue, and library materials borrowed since February 11, 2020 will not be due until June 29, 2020.

Some libraries, including the downtown Central Library, will not only open to the public but will continue offering pickup services by phone reservation.

For up-to-date details on services, hours and open libraries, visit, call 716-858-8900, or visit their Facebook page.

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