Albright-Knox Art Gallery

1285 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222

Phone: (716) 270-8277

Description of Library: Exhibition catalogues, monographs and journal documenting modern and contempory art;artist's files on local and national/international artists; artists's books;special Ephemera Collection; Gallery Archives.

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Library Type: Cultural

Buffalo Broadcasters Association

5672 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14221

Phone: (716) 864-4246

Description of Library: We are in possession of film archival TV News footage from WIVB-TV and WGRZ-TV. We have an agreement with WIVB-TV to digitize the film as well as U-Matic (3/4") video tapes for archival and educational purposes. We also have artifacts dating back to the beginning days of TV and radio broadcasting in Buffalo. The Buffalo Broadcasters Associaton also has a mentor program, Hall of Fame Night, as well as various social and fund-raising events. We are a 501c3 organization. 

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Library Type: Other/Special

Buffalo General Medical Center

100 High Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 859-2878
Fax: (716) 859-1527

Description of Library: Buffalo General Hospital is a non-profit, 400-500 bed hospital affiliated with the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and part of the Kaleida Health System. Like all Kaleida Health Libraries, Buffalo General's A.H. Aaron Health Sciences Library supports the patient care needs and lifelong learning requirements of hospital staff, community-based health care providers, patients, family members and caregivers by insuring access to the most current information in all formats.

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Library Type: Hospital

NYS Senate: Timothy Kennedy - 63
NYS Assembly: Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes - 141

Buffalo History Museum

1 Museum Court
Buffalo, NY 14216

Phone: (716) 873-9644
Fax: (716) 873-8754

Description of Library: Provides services to the general public, including those from Western New York and others across the United States as well as internationally. The Research Library plays a vital role in all Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society activities.

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Member ID# (OCLC): VTP
Library Type: Cultural

NYS Senate: Chris Jacobs - 60
NYS Assembly: Sean Ryan - 149

Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society

HDC Research Library
100 Lee Street
Buffalo, NY 14210

Phone: (716) 662-1164

Description of Library: Main collection of Irish genealogical resources and personal records. Collection of Stanley David Soules, descendant of George Soules of over 3500 books plus genealogies (not indexed)

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Library Type: Other/Special

Buffalo Museum of Science

1020 Humboldt Parkway
Buffalo, NY 14211

Phone: (716) 896-5200
Fax: (716) 897-6723

Description of Library: The Library is located on the 3rd floor as you exit the elevator from the Museum Entrance. The library holdings reflect the areas of the museum's research including: anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, botany, geology, invertebrate zoology, museology, mycology, paleontology, and vertebrate zoology. The Library provides public computing terminals and wireless networking. It is open during select hours to the public or by appointment. Reference services are available during these hours, and reference quesions are also welcomed by email at

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Member ID# (OCLC): VJF
Library Type: Cultural

Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

The Parkside Lodge
Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 838-1249
Fax: (716) 835-1300

Description of Library: The Conservancy's mission is to broaden awareness of, appreciation for, and investment in Buffalo's Olmsted Park System in order to enhance, restore, and maintain this cultural treasure for the benefit of current and future generations. The System includes 6 major parks, 8 connecting parkways, 9 circles and 7 smaller spaces. The strength of the collection lies in the landscape drawings photos, and records of the Buffalo Park System since its creating in 1868.

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Member ID# (OCLC): NYB
Library Type: Cultural

Burchfield Penney Art Center

1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222

Phone: (716) 878-3216

Description of Library: The Burchfield Penney Art Center focuses on the arts and artists of WNY. Most significantly, they house the archival collections of Charles E. Burchfield. Beyond Burchfield, they currently house approx 40 other artists' archives, 12 art organizations archives and Burchfield Penney Art Center's institutional records. The largest art organization archive is that of Artpark.

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Member ID# (OCLC): BPNYA
Library Type: Cultural

Bureau of Jewish Education/Jewish Buffalo Archives Project

2640 North Forest Road
Getzville, NY 14068

Phone: (716) 204-5380
Fax: (716) 688-3572

Description of Library: The mission of the Jewish Buffalo Archives Project is to collect documentation relating to the diverse histories, religious traditons and cultures of Jewish communities within the Greater Buffalo area of Western New York, encompassing the geographic areas of Erie and Niagara Counties. The Jewish Buffalo Archives Project also uncover and retells the history of this culturally rich and diverse community through and Oral History Program that augments archival materials by recording the unique recollections of individuals who have played a part in creating and sustaining the wider Buffalo community that we have today.    

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Library Type: Other/Special

Carousel Society of the Niagara Frontier

180 Thompson Street
North Tonawanda, NY 14120

Phone: (716) 693-1885

Description of Library: Approximately 62 archival boxes of papers, photos, and film associated with the nearly 100 year history of the Allan Herschell companies in North Tonawanda - makers of hand carved carousels ad over 45 different amusement rides. These archives are the research basis for museum exhibits and research requests from the general public.

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Library Type: Cultural

Center for Inquiry Libraries

3965 Rensch Road
Amherst, NY 14228

Phone: (716) 636-4869
Fax: (716) 636-1733

Description of Library: The Center For Inquiry Libraries are the libraries for the Council for Secular Humanism and the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP) - the largest collector of skepticism and the paranormal in the world.

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Member ID# (OCLC): ZCQ
Library Type: Cultural


6721 US Highway 11
Potsdam, NY 13676

Phone: (716) 930-7752

Description of Library: ConnectNY is a consortium of independent academic institutions in New York State. The mission of Connect NY is to share collections, leverage resources, and enhance services through cooperative initiatives and coodinated activities.

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Erie County Medical Center Corporation

462 Grider Street
Buffalo, NY 14215

Phone: (716) 898-3939
Fax: (716) 898-3291

Description of Library: Established in 1921, the W. Yerby Jones Memorial Library is a vigorous information access center serving the ECMC’s goals in patient care, education and research. The Library contains over 18,000 volumes, CDs, DVDs,  subscribes to 5 print journals, and has access to hundreds more via HUBNET.  We have 10 common-use computer stations with a dedicated printer and a small conference room with two more computers and a printer.  We are staffed weekdays from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm and are happy to help with literature searches, articles, texts, and other information needs.  

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Library Type: Hospital

Fellowships of the Spirit Lakeside Learning Center

282 Dale Drive
Cassadaga, NY 14718

Phone: (716) 998-5594

Description of Library: On the shores of Cassadaga Lake, the Fellowships of the Spirit Lakeside Learning Center Library is home to one of the largest collectons of materials covering Spiritualism, The Healing Arts and a broad spectrum of spiritual development material. Our collection includes books, audio-visual material, periodicals and personal manuscripts. Due to he nature of our collection, it is a non-circulating research library.

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Forest Lawn-Margaret L. Wendt Archive & Resource Center

1411 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14209

Phone: (716) 885-1600

Description of Library: The Margaret L. Wendt Archive and Resource Center is operated by the Forest Lawn Heritage Foundation and is located at 2062 Main Street.  All mail is delivered to 1411 Delaware Avenue.

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Member ID# (OCLC): MWAFL
Library Type: Cultural

Gowanda Correctional Facility

C/O Mailroom
P.O. Box 350
Gowanda, NY 14070-0350

Phone: (716) 532-0177
Fax: (716) 532-0177

Description of Library: Correctional facility library - male 21-60, median age 30, average residence 40 months -provision of general library services.

Member ID# (OCLC): GF#
Library Type: Other/Special

John R. Oishei Children's Hospital

818 Ellicott St.
Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 323-2000
Fax: (716) 878-7547

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Library Type: Hospital

Kenmore Mercy Hospital

2950 Elmwood Avenue
Kenmore, NY 14217

Phone: (716) 447-6114
Fax: (716) 447-6406

Description of Library: Kenmore Mercy Hospital is a Catholic, community based, private, non-profit hospital with 184 acute care beds and 80 SNF beds.

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Library Type: Hospital

Lily Dale Assembly, Inc.

PO Box 248
5 Cottage Row
Lily Dale, NY 14752

Phone: (716) 595-8721 ext. ext 2001
Fax: (716) 595-2442

Description of Library:  Located on Cottage Row, facing the Auditorium and Melrose Park, the Marion H. Skidmore Library houses the largest collection of  Spiritualist  books in the world. A reading room is available for public use, and we have hundreds of rare books and thousands of unique titles to choose from. Please be advised that due to the nture of the materials in our collection, the Marion H. Skidmore Library is a NON-CIRCULATING research library. To schedule a research appointment or for more information, please contact our librarian at      

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Library Type: Cultural

Mercy Hospital

565 Abbott Road
Buffalo, NY 14220

Phone: (716) 828-2160
Fax: (716) 828-2750

Description of Library: The Library serves the staff of Mercy Hospital, a 275 bed, non-profit, teaching hospital affiliated with the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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Library Type: Hospital

Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital

1540 Maple Road
Williamsville, NY 14221

Phone: (716) 568-6540
Fax: (716) 568-3030

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Member ID# (OCLC): YJU
Library Type: Hospital

Mount St. Mary's Hospital

5300 Military Road
Lewiston, NY 14092

Phone: (716) 298-2003
Fax: (716) 298-2001

Description of Library: Mount St. Mary's Hospital Medical Library is a small library consisting of approximately 20 journal titles and approximately 100 texts.

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Museum of disABILITY History

People Inc.
3826 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14226

Phone: (716) 817-7439
Fax: (716) 817-7234

Description of Library: History museum preserving and documenting history of disability care and people with disabilities.

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Library Type: Cultural

Network of Religious Communities

1272 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14209

Phone: (716) 882-4793 ext. ext 201

Description of Library: The NRC is a multi-faith network of denominations and religious organizations located in and serving Western New York. The NRC is a fusion of many different organizations which date back to 1857. We have records of such groups as: Sunday School Association, Church Women's Groups, Formation of the Buffalo Church Federation, Federation of Women's Clubs (records date back to 1905), Council of Churches, Buffalo Area Metropoitan Ministries and more. There are records of many religions, social and cultural programming which took place throughout the years including (but not an exhaustive list) Department of Regional Church Planning, Ministries in the Inner City, Hunger Programs, Common Ground.

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Library Type: Other/Special

New York Power Authority

5777 Lewiston Road
Lewiston, NY 14092

Phone: (716) 286-6634

Description of Library: The technical library maintains the records and resources for the Niagara Power Project, the largest Power Plant in NY.

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Library Type: Cultural

Niagara County Historical Society

215 Niagara Street
Lockport, NY 14094

Phone: (716) 434-7433
Fax: (716) 434-3309

Description of Library: The role of the Niagara County Historical Society is to promote the cultural heritage related to the Erie Canal and the rich history of Niagara County. The Niagara County Historical Society provides educational opportunities through multi-media programs, written publications, and museum tours while maintaining an archives and artifacts collection. The Society works cooperatively with other organizations to accomplish its goals.

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Library Type: Cultural

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center

621 Tenth Street
P.O. Box 708
Niagara Falls, NY 14302-0708

Phone: (716) 278-4365
Fax: (716) 278-4365

Description of Library: Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center library is located in a 180 acute care bed hospital with 120 nursing home beds. The hospital is a private, non-profit facility.

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Polish Genealogical Society of New York State

PO Box 984
Cheektowaga, NY 14225

Phone: (716) 674-3153

Description of Library: Founded and located here in Western New York, we have members from many other states and Canadian provinces.  Additionally, the Polish Genealogical Society of New York State proudly supports anyone who finds us and has a specific Polish genealogy inquiry pertaining to Buffalo, Western New York counties, and New York State.  Members respond to requests for research assistance from anyone, whether they are true members or not!   Many of those who inquire with an out-of-area letter or are a website user become members.  The “Buffalo connection” for those with Polish heritage is noteworthy. We also have many opportunities each year to take a Polish Genealogy show "on the road" and we have an information table and helpful support staff at many local cultural and social events.  Our society's monthly meetings are open to everyone during which we have guest speakers and research nights on a rotating basis. Occasionally, someone may contact us when they find items relevant to local Polish heritage and history, at garage sales or discovered when selling a family home.  Members have found marriage licenses, naturalization papers, pictures, church jubilee books, or something such as funeral prayer cards. We encourage sharing the items with the Society for review, and we index the materials for its potentially useful information. Among our external activities, we sponsor an annual Genealogy Fair each September held at St. Gabriel’s church in Elma, now nine years running.  We participate in the annual summer Polish Festival at Cheektowaga Town Park, and have a presence at the monthly Polish Happy Hours. We will eagerly send a representative to be a Guest Speaker at other genealogy and cultural or history society meetings.  These events spark interest and generate new members and project volunteers. Our Society maintains a website,  As name lists, surname indices, or any other relevant name indices become ready for the website, we continuously add these resources to the website for anyone to search. The Polish Genealogical Society of New York State (PGSNYS) was founded in September 1988 by (the late) Michael Drabik to help people discover their Polish family heritage and ancestors. We promote the study of Polish genealogy in the Western New York and Southern Ontario, Canada, areas and beyond. The Society became incorporated as a not-for-profit in New York State on May 11, 2015 as a 501(c)(3) Federal tax exempt organization. Society holds monthly business meetings, presentations and small social activities each month. We participate in special events and provide guest speakers at alternate event locations as requested. Our society has about 225 members, drawn from within and beyond the Buffalo and Western New York area. The Society publishes its newsletter, "Searchers", three times per year. "Searchers" contains information about the Society and original articles written or submitted by members relating to genealogy and Polish history.  All efforts support work to create our database of unique local name indices, to grow the searchable name database that is so vital to local and regional genealogical research. Projects we manage continue, we are using volunteers to create surname lists for cemetery records, and birth, marriage and death records at the historically Polish churches in the Buffalo area.  Another historic newspaper, Polak w Ameryce, will be the next project for our efforts. All of our activities and projects supported by our members serve the following purposes: •          to provide a Society for persons interested in Polish genealogy, with a primary focus on families with a New York State connection; •          to encourage and promote interest in Polish genealogical research, history, and culture; •          to provide educational programs and publications to foster effective genealogical research skills; •          to provide education on the history and culture of Poland and Poles in America; •          to provide assistance to persons researching their specific family history; •          to collect, preserve, and share Polish and related genealogical and historical records and materials; especially for Western NY’s Polonia communities; •          to collaborate with other Polish community organizations in projects and activities that promote interest in Polish genealogical research, history, and culture.    

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Praxair, Inc.

175 East Park Drive
Tonawanda, NY 14151

Phone: (716) 879-2031
Fax: (716) 879-3130

Description of Library: The Praxair Technology Center in Tonawanda is the focus for research, development and design of atmospheric gases, production, plants, and equipment.

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Library Type: Corporate

Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History

311 Curtis Street
Jamestown, NY 14701-9620

Phone: (716) 655-2473
Fax: (716) 665-3794

Description of Library: The Institute houses a portion of the personal library of Roger Tory Peterson. In the collection are books and monographs both written and illustrated by Dr. Peterson or to which he contributed. The library also includes a representative collection of titles by other renowned naturalists and notables in the world of ornithology, including Olin Sewall Pettingill, Arthur Cleveland Bent, Guy Mountfort, Frank M. Chapman, Ludlow Griscom, Allan Cruickshank, George M. Sutton, Sir Peter Scott, James Fisher, and John James Audubon. Numerous periodicals and journals focusing on birding and the natural world subscribed to by Dr. Peterson round out a retrospective panorama of the world of nature study and ornithology. A clipping file of writings by Dr. Peterson extracted from numerous journals and periodicals is also available.The reference library offers a varied selection of materials devoted to the study and understanding of the natural world. Included in the collection are titles on ornithology and birding, environmental science and conservation, ecology, wildlife, endangered and extinct species, natural history, the sciences, including life sciences, botany, entomology, and zoology, and activities allowing for interaction with the natural world such as nature art, photography, and gardening. The education library provides materials with a focus on the natural world. Included are teaching aids for use in a traditional school setting as well as materials designed to encourage the use of nature as the classroom. Books, videocassettes and sound recordings are available. These materials can be used to spur creativity as it relates to the natural world as well as to encourage scientific inquiry and environmental awareness. These items include classroom activities, science experiments, outdoor projects, nature journaling, photography and art projects. A collection of junior books also has a nature focus with such authors as Jane Yolen, Lynne Cherry, Virginia Kroll, Jim Arnosky, Laurence Pringle and Jennifer Dewey.

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Member ID# (OCLC): RTP
Library Type: Cultural

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Elm and Carlton Streets
Buffalo, NY 14263

Phone: (716) 845-5966
Fax: (716) 845-8699

Description of Library: Established in 1898, the library serves the information needs of the clinical, research, and student populations of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Mirand Library is located on the 3rd floor in the Research Studies Center.

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Library Type: Hospital

School Librarians' Association of Western New York (SLAWNY)

P.O. Box 47
Hamburg, NY 14075

Description of Library: The mission of the School Librarians' Association of Western New York is to lead school librarians in advancing the profession; to encourage, promote, and advocate the interests of school library programs and school librarians; and to ensure that each student becomes an active reader, responsible information-seeker, critical thinker and life-long learner.   SLAWNY is a Section of School Librarians Region VII Member of NYLA/SSL.

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Sisters of Charity Hospital

Medical Library
2157 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 862-1256
Fax: (716) 862-1883

Description of Library: The Library serves the needs of a hospital with over 500 beds including a skilled nursing facility.

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Member ID# (OCLC): YKA
Library Type: Hospital

Sisters of Charity Hospital-St. Joseph Campus

2605 Harlem Road
Cheektowaga, NY 14225

Phone: (716) 891-2504
Fax: (716) 891-2616

Description of Library: St Joseph Hospital is a suburban campus of Sisters of Charity Hospital with 208 beds.

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Member ID# (OCLC): VUV
Library Type: Hospital

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site Foundation

641 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202

Phone: (716) 884-0095

Description of Library: The TR Inaugural Site Foundation's historic collection is comprised of approximately 5300 artifacts that help tell the story of Buffalo's 1901 Pan-American Exposition, President McKinley's tragic assassination and Theodore Roosevelt's presidency, including his inauguration in the home of Buffalo resident Ansley Wilcox. About 20% of the collection is used to furnish the museum's restored rooms. When not on exhibit, artifacts are housed in dedicated on-site collections areas and stored according to professionally accepted standards. Like the rest of the museum. the purpose built collections storage space is climate controlled and protected by a (water based) wet-pipe fire suppression system linked to both heat and smoke detectors. Approx. 95% of the collection is cataloged in PastPerfect 5.0. The collection recalls a turning point in history and holds great importance for not only the local community, but also for a national/international audience. TR's 1901 inauguration, which took place in the aftermath of tragedy, demonstrates the resilience of the American nation and its constitutional democracy. The simple ceremony reminded the country and the world that a peaceful transition of power was possible, even in the aftermath of violence. Roosevelt went on to become what historians have called the first modern US President.

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Member ID# (OCLC): NYTRI
Library Type: Other/Special

Town of Orchard Park

4295 South Buffalo Street
Orchard Park, NY 14127

Phone: (716) 662-6410

Description of Library: Town Records-including birth, death and marriage certificates, town scrapbooks, board and committee minutes including Town Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Youth Board, Planning Board, Conservation Board, building permits, engineering plans, town maps, tax rolls, and other municipal documents.

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Member ID# (OCLC): NYORC
Library Type: Other/Special

Unifrax Corporation

600 Riverwalk Parkway
Suite 120
Tonawanda, NY 14150

Phone: (716) 278-3849
Fax: (716) 278-3901

Description of Library: The library is indexed in a Lotus Notes database, serving employees, consultants,attorneys, and regulatory agencies with fiber-related literature.

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Member ID# (OCLC): URP
Library Type: Corporate

United Memorial Medical Center

127 North Street
Batavia, NY 14020-9990

Phone: (585) 344-5273
Fax: (585) 344-7469

Description of Library: The Library has 5 computer workstations and serves a not-for-profit community hospital with 70 certified beds. Services include general medicine and surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics, cardiac rehab, radiology, and family healthcare.

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Member ID# (OCLC): VUG
Library Type: Hospital

United States Army Corps of Engineers

1776 Niagara Street
Buffalo, NY 14207-3199

Phone: (716) 879-4178
Fax: (716) 879-6468

Description of Library: The USACE Technical Library provides services from a technical perspective to staff members and the general public.

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Member ID# (OCLC): AEF
Library Type: Other/Special

University at Buffalo, SUNY (DLIS)

Graduate School of Education
526 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1020

Phone: (716) 645-2412
Fax: (716) 645-3775

Description of Library: Department of Library and Information Studies in the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo.

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UPMC Chautauqua

207 Foote Avenue
Jamestown, NY 14701

Phone: (716) 664-8124
Fax: (716) 484-1089

Description of Library: The library provides up to date medical and health care information to all hospital staff by maintaining a collection of monographs, journals, and AV, and by providing reference and ILL services to hospital library patrons.

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Western NY Genealogical Society

PO Box 338
Hamburg, NY 14075-0338

Phone: (716) 550-2439

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Library Type: Cultural