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!

Follow us on Twitter

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


Planning for the future: Results of the CEFLS Fall Focus Groups

Library staff and trustees representing 19 libraries attended focus groups in the fall of 2016 to help CEFLS plan for the future. CEFLS will be seeking approval from New York State for its plan of service for 2017-2021, and the focus groups were enormously helpful in the process of crafting our plan. See the focus group report and our draft plan of service to see how we plan to address the needs of libraries and patrons in Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties.  We welcome any comments at info2@cefls.org.

September Resource of the Month

Encyclopedia Britannica Library

Encyclopedia Britannica Library Edition : Yes, you could go to Wikipedia, but why not use one of the most authoritative information sources in the world, with over 73,000 articles, 2,000 video clips, 4,000 quotations, a world atlas and timeline, entries from the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, recommended websites, current magazine and journal articles, and image and sound files? 

Friendly kids'  and young adult versions are included, with citation and research tools to help with school assignments. This is an enhanced version of the Encyclopedia Britannica, which has much more than you can get at the free website version!

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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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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