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April 2022

Dear Supporter of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System,

The Library System is working hard to provide Erie County residents with materials, programs and resources to meet the ever-changing needs of our community. Last year over 4.4 million items were borrowed through the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System.  There are 37 library locations in Erie County and the "Library on Wheels" bookmobile, which provides access to library materials to underserved parts of the County. All libraries offer free services and information in the form of books, resource and reference materials, CDs, DVDs, VHS and Blu-rays, as well as free WiFi.  Through the Library System website you can download books, music and videos; update your account; reserve an item; read reviews; learn a foreign language; conduct research; or learn about hundreds of library sponsored events, activities and programs, such as storytimes for children, book clubs, chess clubs, concerts and lectures 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  

Funding for the Library System is primarily through Erie County, with balance in operating funds coming from New York State, fines, fees and the Library's fundraising initiatives. The System Board of Trustees approved 2022 Operating Budget allows the library to continue to offer open hours and services our patrons need and are using now more than ever. The commitment from the growing list of Library users is phenomenal. Your support can help to provide the services and resources our community has come to expect from its libraries.  

In 2021, the Library raised over $380,000 from direct mail appeals, memorial gifts, general donations, corporate and foundation donations, sales from our online store and the "Bucks for Books" campaign. We thank you in advance for your continued and on-going support of our Library services and resources. Each and every donation to the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System helps fulfill our mission of connecting diverse communities with library resources that enrich, enlighten and entertain. To make an online, tax-deductible donation today, click here.  

Stay healthy and well.  


The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System Board of Trustees, Administration and Staff

The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Your contribution is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. 

Note: The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library does not retain any credit card information. 
Online donations are made through a secure app that encrypts personal information. 

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System * 1 Lafayette Square * Buffalo, NY 14203 * (716) 858-8900

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