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


Alumni Association members can receive borrowing privileges from the library through the Friends of the Library program at no cost. All graduates of Buffalo State are automatically enrolled as members and entitled to the privileges of the Buffalo State Alumni Association.

Present your Alumni ID card to the Circulation Desk to receive borrowing privileges. Visit the Alumni Association webpage to request your free Alumni Card.

  • Accounts expire annually; ID verification is required to renew accounts.
  • Up to 10 items may be checked out at a time as long as your account is in good standing with no fines or overdue materials.

Alumni are welcome to bring a laptop and access our guest wifi. Alumni can also access Alumni Editions for our most popular databases - Academic Search Complete and Business Source Complete. Find instructions for access on the Alumni Association webpage (scroll down to Online Library Databases).

Visiting Students and Faculty

Butler Library participates in the AcademicSHARE program. This program allows members of other AcademicSHARE libraries to use and borrow materials. Check with your college or university library for more information. Students from other SUNY libraries can borrow materials as walk-in borrowers. Guest wifi is available at the library for use with personal devices.

Scholars Affiliated with a Buffalo State Department

Scholars from other institutions working with a department at Buffalo State must present a letter on letterhead from the Buffalo State department chair with whom they are affiliated. These visiting scholars will have borrowing privileges and access to computers. 

In order to get access to electronic resources, visiting scholars will need Buffalo State network credentials. IT should be able to provide that access via a Network Access for New Personnel ticket. Please indicate visiting scholar as affiliation.

Community Members

Community members are cordially invited to join the Friends of the Library to receive library borrowing privileges and guest Wi-Fi access for personal devices.

Friends of the Library

Members of the community are cordially invited to join the Friends of E. H. Butler Library. Your Friends card will allow you to borrow books, videos, and other circulating materials. 


  • A valid New York State photo ID (or proof of local residency, such as a voter registration card, current utility bill, recently postmarked mail, etc) is required to obtain a Butler Library Card.
  • Up to 10 items may be checked out at a time as long as your account is in good standing with no fines or overdue materials.
  • No one else may use your Butler Library Card.
  • Community borrowers may not use Butler’s Interlibrary Loan system. If you need materials that Butler Library does not own, we recommend that you ask your public library to help you obtain them.


  • $25 annual fee

What can I borrow?

Item Type Loan Period Renewals
Books - General Collection 28 days 2
DVD & CD 7 or 14 days Varies
Equipment Loan N/A N/A
In-Library Use Laptops N/A N/A
Interlibrary Loan N/A N/A

Overdue Fines

Borrowing privileges will be suspended if you have:

  • Any overdue materials
  • Any unpaid fines or fees

If a book or media item is lost, or damaged beyond repair according to library standards, the borrower will be charged as follows:

  • Replacement cost of $70.00. This amount may be more if an item is of greater value.
  • Processing fee of $20.00.
Item Cost
Books $0.50 per day to a maximum of $15.00
Media $0.50 per day to a maximum of $15.00
Recalled Items $2.00 per day

How do I join?

Please stop by the Circulation Desk at Butler Library for a membership application form during regular library hours or print out an application and mail it with a check to the library.

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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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