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The Buffalo and Erie County Library remains closed, with hundreds of thousands of books behind closed doors. But, you can leap over those closed doors with your computer and download books or story hours for your kids or just contact your friends using the library WiFi system.

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The good news is that it won't cost you any more if you return a book to the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library even later. The bad news is that you can't return the book, because the system is closed until March 31.

University at Buffalo

The State University of New York has merged the catalogs of its libraries across the entire 60-branch system.


Buried in the $140 billion state budget is a relatively tiny line item for $14 million for capital construction aid for local libraries. The funding is being put to use at libraries throughout the region.

With the deadline for the state budget four weeks away, a push is on to block a proposed cut in state aid to libraries.

The Buffalo and Erie County Public Libraries holds the first of 25 focus groups Tuesday to learn more about what the community wants from its library system.

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The Jamestown Prendergast library system --  which serves Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties -- has a brand new director.   WBFO News contributor Ray Marks traveled to the Southern Tier and sat down with Linda Mielke, who comes to Western New York from California -- where she held a similar position.