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E. H. Butler Library, Buffalo State, The State University of New York

Director's Welcome

Welcome from the Director

Welcome to the E. H. Butler Library web pages. Our web team has integrated responsive web design (RWD) to allow your many devices and browsers to access our growing electronic information. So BYOD – bring your own device. Butler Library has more than 546,000 printed books, 320,000 electronic books, and access to full-text articles from over 79,000 unique print and electronic journals. We hope that having access from any computer or wireless web device, any time of the day or night helps our patrons to do their research more effectively.

We also have skilled and helpful staff who are here 96 hours each week to interact with you in person. Our self-contained extended hours facility, StudyQuad, is open and staffed 24/7 during the academic year so you can prepare for classes whenever you want. An expansion of that facility to include a QuietQuad was completed in the fall 2010.

We have more than 200 new computers throughout the library to allow you to do research in our building. We have wireless access, so you can bring your laptop or borrow one of ours. We use Summon for our discovery layer and it rapidly searches a variety of sources for you. Want old-fashioned books? Check the online catalog for the call numbers and then go up to the stacks. We have the best of both worlds at Butler Library: real and virtual.

I encourage you to explore our collections, use our services, and make recommendations for purchase or improvements. We are here to assist you in your scholarly pursuits and welcome your comments.

Charles Lyons
Director, E. H. Butler Library

Mission and Values Statement

Mission and Values Statement

E. H. Butler Library is dedicated to proactive and innovative support for the scholarship, research, and creativity of Buffalo State students, faculty, and staff.

Core Values

  • Quality service and fair use of information for students, faculty, and staff
  • Intellectual freedom and equitable access to information
  • Acquisition, preservation, and conservation of information
  • Provision of a gateway to success in the intellectual world through information literacies and teaching
  • Provision of a vibrant physical and virtual venue for intellectual exchange, quiet reflection, and cultural enrichment

History of the Library

History of the Library

E. H. Butler Library is named after Edward Hubert Butler Sr., the founder of the Buffalo News. Construction of the original library building began in May 1950. The library was formally dedicated in memory of Mr. Butler two years later on May 16, 1952. It was the first building on campus to be named in honor of a person.

The present building was started in August 1966 and was officially dedicated on April 14, 1970. Since then, the building has gone through modifications to accommodate emerging technologies and to meet changing standards for safety and for accessibility to all patrons.

Butler Library is an ideal place for both the serious researcher and the casual reader. The library serves Buffalo State students and members of the faculty and staff with more than a million research materials, including over 675,000 printed books, over 174,000 electronic books, and access to full-text articles from over 57,000 unique print and electronic journals. In addition, the library houses several special collections and the Buffalo State Archives. The library's Information Commons provides computing support, research assistance, and equipment loan services. The Writing Center, located in the library, provides assistance to students throughout all stages of the writing process.

Charles Lyons


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Charles Lyons
Director, E. H. Butler Library
Butler, Office 315B
Phone: 716-878-3026

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