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!

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


November Resource of the Month: Flipster Digital Magazines

Your library offers over 35 digital magazines, including Consumer Reports, Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, HGTV, Popular Science, Prevention, This Old House, Climbing, and more. Flipster is one of the easiest downloading services to use - see a visual tutorial and the getting started guide for some easy directions.

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.

October-November Resource of the Month

Recovering from Addiction Hot Topic

Recovering from Addiction

We've put together some useful resources for people concerned about addiction. You'll find information on where to get help locally, quality books, websites, videos and resources for teens and families. This is an important topic and we hope you'll share it with as many people as possible!

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 

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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. 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!

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