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

and subscribe to NextReads Newsletters to see great reading suggestions!

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Resources for Book Clubs

Try out our new book club page for some ideas on where to find a book club, how to start one, and how to pick a good book club read!

Read our newsletters: the Trailblazer and the Pathfinder

The  Trailblazer is our longer newsletter with library news from around the region, and the Pathfinder is a more frequently published electronic newsletter designed to assist and inform  member libraries. You can see previous issues by clicking on the links below, or subscribe to the Pathfinder using the subscribe link.


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Events in Local Public Libraries

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

One Thousand Books Before Kindergarten

Follow us on Twitter

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

Special Collections at CEF Libraries

New York Heritage websiteAre you a history buff? Many of the libraries in our region house unique collections of photographs, documents and objects. See our special collections page for a list of some of the unusual collections you can find by visiting the library.

Some libraries are also scanning photographs and yearbooks, which you can find and search at the New York Heritage website.


A New Library Catalog is Coming!

Magnifying glassStay tuned for some great new features for those of you who enjoy searching our online catalog!

By the end of October, we will be unveiling a more modern search interface to make it easier than ever to find the books, movies and audiobooks you want and request or download them! Besides a more modern look and feel, the features you'll see include:

  • Spelling suggestions as you search
  • Facets to help you narrow your search
  • Downloading ebooks directly from the catalog
  • Browse features that let you view all titles in  a certain subject, format or genre

The new catalog was supported by a  grant from Senator Betty O'Connor Little.

Watch for the debut soon!

October Resource of the Month: Plattsburgh Press Republican Searchable Archive

Press Republican Newsbank logo Access to information in the Plattsburgh Press Republican, our area's largest newspaper, just got easier!

Newsbank provides current and archived information from the Plattsburgh Press Republican in searchable text format. It includes the text (no pictures) of the current day's edition and editions going back to 1999.

It's a great way to search for obituaries or news events.  Have your library card number ready to log in, and search away!

 Routes to Recovery

Do you or does someone you know struggle with addiction? There is help available.

We have created a mobile app and a resource booklet to help people connect with local and online resources related to substance abuse. Individuals seeking services, as well as the loved ones and professionals supporting them will find helpful information on addiction and mental health services, housing, transportation, and more. The booklets will be available at local libraries in the tri-county area.

The booklet and mobile app were produced in association with Substance Abuse Prevention and Recovery of Clinton County (SPARCC) and are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012342 with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

A Day in the Life of an ILL 

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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!

Your Guide to Going Forward

Pathfinder newsletter graphicThe Pathfinder is the electronic newsletter designed to assist and inform the member libraries around the region.

Catch up with past issues:

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