Welcome to the Clinton Essex Franklin Library System!

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We serve library patrons and 30 public libraries and 3 reading centers in Northeastern New York. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for this website or other aspects of library service in the North Country! You can always email us at info2@cefls.org and we'll do our best to help.

New Titles

Check out our list of new titles at area libraries.

Also check out which of the latest best sellers we have: 

New York Times Fiction Bestsellers

New York Times Non-Fiction Bestsellers

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Read the Newest Issue of the Trailblazer - a newsletter about local libraries


Events in Local Public Libraries

Check out our Events Calendar to find out all the free public events happening near you!

Emergency Preparedness Kiosks Hit the Road


Public libraries in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties will host an interactive learning presentation designed to inform residents about the importance of disaster preparedness, courtesy of a grant obtained by the CEF Library System.

The presentation includes videos, games for kids, quizzes and various web tools, all of which will give patrons easy access to reliable emergency preparedness resources. Watch for it in a library near you!

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We offer information from around the region and interesting, entertaining, and informational updates. Follow us at CEFLSTweets!


Your Guide to Going Forward

Pathfinder newsletter graphicThe Pathfinder is the electronic newsletter designed to assist and inform the member libraries around the region. Information can range from seminars taking place at a local venue or online to funding opportunities to new items in the collection from other libraries. You can sign up for the newsletter, as well!

Catch up with past issues:

Pathways to Success

Take a look at our new resource guide (PDF) for job seekers in our area. This printable guide has listings for all kinds of support services for finding and keeping a job.

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August Database of the Month

Amazing Animals of the World

Amazing Animals of the World, from Grolier, is a place to look up your (or your child's) favorite animal, and find out fun facts. Whether it's an armadillo, a salamander or a barnacle, you'll be amazed at how it lives, what it eats, and the peculiarities of its life cycle!

A Day in the Life of an ILL 

Scene at the Peru Free Library

Have you ever wondered how the book you request from your library gets to you?  Here's a 4-minute video that shows the hidden secrets of ILL!

When Someone You Know Needs Help: Suicide Awareness

Sad womanWe all have a role to play in preventing suicide. Here are some resources to consider using when someone you know is thinking about suicide or shows signs of being in an emotional crisis:

  • Clinton County suicide hotline: (866) 577-3836 (out of county calls accepted)
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800)273-TALK (8255)
  • Essex County Mental Health Association Hope Line (800)440-8074

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