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 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!

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.


Summer Reading: Keep Your Kids Active Over School Break!

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Summer Reading at New York Libraries is an annual program that brings children and families into public libraries for reading and activities. Over 2.1 million New York children and teens participated in the State Library-sponsored program in 2016.

Read more about the program and how you can get involved on our summer reading page.

One Thousand Books Before Kindergarten

Calculate the Value!

To find out how much value you receive from your library, go to the NYLA Library Value Calculator... you may be surprised! Calculator picture

CEF and Central Library New Plans of Service and Direct Access Plan are Now Online

We have posted the current versions of the 2017 – 2021 CEFLS Plan of Service and Central Library Plan of Service and the Free Direct Access Plan. Links to these documents can be found on our About Us page.

The CEFLS and Central Library Plans of Service are New York State mandated  documents which outline the Library System's and Central Library's goals and objectives for serving libraries and patrons in the region for the next 5 years. 

The Free Direct Access Plan is a statement that people may receive library services, as outlined in each library’s policies, from any library in Clinton, Essex or Franklin County.

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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