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

Library Renovation Project: Home

About the Renovation

E. H. Butler Library is a 3 story building originally constructed in 1951. From 1966 to 1970 a large addition was constructed around the 1951 footprint resulting in a final 215,259 gross square foot building. With more than 500,000 books, 20,000 audio-visual materials and articles from more than 20,000 journals, the building is the academic hub of the campus.

Views of Butler Library exterior from 1950s and present

In recent years, the Library has been continually transformed from a traditional library to 24-hour study quads, writing center, group study areas, and technology-based study. This project seeks to further the transformation by reconfiguring parts of the first, second and a minor area of the third floor to accommodate the Academic Commons (AC), technology support for students, and a reimaged Information Commons. The AC brings together offices with a diverse set of missions, each providing assistance to students as they seek to fulfill their academic potential and graduate in the timeliest manner. The AC will include the following services:

  • Academic Advising
  • Information Technology Support
  • Student Accessibility Services
  • Tutoring
  • Writing Center

Additionally, the AC will include a variety of shared spaces for testing, and individual and group tutoring/advising space. The goal is to create a “one-stop-shop” for all academic needs for students.

Interior lobby views of Butler Library from present day and renovation renderings

In addition to programmatic goals, critical maintenance needs will be addressed in the project area that would include hazardous material removal, new mechanical systems for ventilation and air conditioning, electrical and data distribution upgrades, window replacements, finish upgrades, and a reconfigured vestibule.

For more information, visit the Facilities Construction & Maintenance page.


For questions related to the renovation, contact:

Charles Lyons
Library Director
(716) 878-3026

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