The Grosvenor Room at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
Contact Information[edit | edit source]
Address: 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203
Telephone: (716) 858-8900
Hours of Operation: https://www.buffalolib.org/locations-hours/central-downtown-buffalo
Directions/Parking Map: https://www.buffalolib.org/locations-hours/directions-central-library
Description of Collections[edit | edit source]
The Grosvenor Room (pronounced Grove-ner) is the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library’s Special Collections department. Located in the Central Library in downtown Buffalo, NY, Grosvenor collections include genealogy, local history, and music resources, as well as rare books.
The Grosvenor Room is the premiere genealogical destination in Western New York and holds a wealth of information on all things Buffalo and Erie County. The focus of the collection is on Buffalo and Erie County, however, it includes resources related to other New York counties, states, and foreign countries. The collection is composed of the following resources:
Genealogy databases: http://dbaz.buffalolib.org/dbaz.php#Genealogy
Digital collections: https://www.buffalolib.org/research-resources/digital-collections
Library catalog: https://bepl.ent.sirsi.net/client/en_US/default
Services[edit | edit source]
Reference[edit | edit source]
Librarians are always available in the Grosvenor Room to answer questions and assist patrons. Email and telephone reference service is available through our Contact Us service.
Research services provided[edit | edit source]
The Grosvenor Room provides limited staff-performed research services for a fee, including:
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History[edit | edit source]
The Grosvenor Room takes its name from Mr. Seth Grosvenor, a successful merchant in Buffalo from 1813 to 1815. After the British burned the village of Buffalo in the War of 1812, Grosvenor played a prominent role in helping to rebuild the devastated community. Although Grosvenor took his expert business skills to New York City, at his death in 1857, he bequeathed $40,000 to the City of Buffalo to establish a public reference library. The Grosvenor Library, a predecessor of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, opened its doors to the public in March, 1871. The Grosvenor Room, its namesake, opened its doors in 2003.
History of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library: https://www.buffalolib.org/about-becpl/history-becpl
Tips for Your Visit[edit | edit source]
Guides[edit | edit source]
There are many guides to the Grosvenor Room's Collections. Some of the most popular guides are listed below. For more choices, see the Grosvenor Room's web page: https://www.buffalolib.org/special-collections/guides-publications