About the CEF Library System

Our Mission

The objective of the System shall be to foster and improve public library service to the residents of the System area. 

 The list of links below contain information about our services and governance.

A Little Background Board Meeting Minutes Staff Directory
Plan of Service Board of Trustees Policies
How to Contact Us Bylaws CEFLS Services
Direct Access Plan (90.3) Central Library Plan of Service CEFLS Annual Report to New York State
Previous Direct Access Plan Annual Survey Results OverviewTrailblazer Newsletter
Pathfinder Newsletter 2017 Service Priorities 

The System accomplishes its mission  by support of local libraries and reading centers, by direct service to areas without a library or with populations which cannot easily reach a near-by library, and by service to organizations, groups, and individuals unable to use traditional library services (outreach). It also serves as a link to the global library network and provides leadership and advocacy for library and literacy issues on a regional and state level.

How to Contact Us

Office: 33 Oak Street
Plattsburgh, New York 12901-2810
Telephone: 518 563-5190
Fax: 518 563-0421
Web Site Address: www.cefls.org
Email info2@cefls.org

A Little Background

The Clinton Essex Franklin Library System is a non-profit federated library system serving 33 public libraries and reading centers in Clinton, Essex, and Franklin Counties.

The System was the first multi-county system in New York State, established in 1954 by joint resolution of the Boards of Supervisors of Clinton and Essex Counties. Franklin County joined the federation in 1962. The Library System was chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York on June 25, 1954 and is one of 23 public library systems serving the state.

Population served: 173,097 (2010)

Land area served: 4,468 square miles

Central Library:  Plattsburgh Public Library

Board of Trustees

The System is governed by a 15-member Board of Trustees. The Trustees are appointed by the County Legislatures and Board of Supervisors, five from each county. They serve 5 year terms. Board members and officers are listed below and may be reached in care of the System office.

Meetings are held at 33 Oak Street, Plattsburgh, at 4:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted.  The public is welcome to attend. 

2016 Meeting Dates:

January 26, 2016

February 22, 2016

April 25, 2016

May 23, 2016

June 27, 2016 at Keene Valley Library

July 25, 2016

August 22, 2016

September 26, 2016 at Chateaugay Memorial Library

October 24, 2016 at Plattsburgh Public Library

November 28, 2016

Current Trustees

From Clinton County

James Bennett West Chazy 
Emily Castine Chazy
Wallace Day Plattsburgh
Dorothy Latta Plattsburgh
Thomas Mandeville Champlain

From Essex County

Nicole Bryant     Moriah
Frances Filshie   Schroon Lake
Phyllis Magnus Saranac Lake
Scott McDonald Jay
Charles "Kip" Thompson Elizabethtown

From Franklin County

Gary Alexander   Tupper Lake
Liz DeFonce Gabriels
Mary "Lisa" Minnich   Vermontville   
Rita Quinn Tupper Lake

Officers for 2016

President:  Charles "Kip" Thompson
Vice President: Nicole Bryant - Oath of Office
Treasurer: Mary "Lisa" Minnich
Secretary:  Gary Alexander - Oath of Office
Member-at-Large: Emily Castine


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