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 Library Catalog is Here!

Many thanks to Senator Betty Little for providing the generous Bullet Aid grant which enabled us to purchase an improved version of our online catalog!

 This system offers some wonderful changes including:

  • More modern search functionality such as numerous options to limit your results
  • A “Did You Mean” feature to alert you to potential spelling errors in your search
  • The ability to preview and directly download digital resources

To access your account, log in with the library card number and PIN that you used with the old catalog. Not quite ready to start using the new catalog? Our Classic Catalog is still available. Questions? Check out the Welcome to the Library help information or send us an email at info2@cefls.org.

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.


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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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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