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

Welcome to Butler Library!

Our goal is for the library to serve as the academic heart and hub of the campus: a welcoming and inclusive space for learning, creativity, and scholarship.

Our talented librarians and staff are here to help you succeed at Buffalo State. Call, text, or email us for assistance or swing by our research help desk on the second floor.  While you’re here, check out our reservable group study rooms, collection of circulating laptops, or perhaps even a book -- we have over half a million of them in our collections on the second and third floors.

The library is currently under renovation to support the creation of the Academic Commons, which will serve as the new front door to student success at Buffalo State by bringing together a variety of support services that strengthen the relationship between students and the librarians, advisors, tutors, and other support staff dedicated to helping them succeed. The library will remain open, including our 24/7 StudyQuad, throughout the duration of the renovation. The project is targeted for completion in spring 2020. So please pardon the dust while we reinvent our physical spaces to better meet your expectations for a modern and inviting library -- it will be so worth it!

Here in Butler, we are dedicated to building a library that is innovative, student-centric, and community-driven. Let me know how we can help make your Buffalo State experience even better. 

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.

For more information about the Edward H. Butler Family Papers collection, visit Archives & Special Collections.


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






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E. H. Butler Library, SUNY Buffalo State
1300 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878 6300
Fax: (716) 878-3134
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