Chautauqua Institution

The Smith Memorial Library of Chautauqua Institution anchors the southern end of Bestor Plaza.

A member of the Chautauqua-Cattaragus Library System, The Smith offers year round services to the community:

  • Broad collection of circulating and archival materials
  • Access to ebooks and digital audio through your mobile device
  • InterLibrary Loan services, reference assistance, and basic tech help
  • WiFi, laptop workstations, and public desktop computers
  • Copy and print capability

Useful links:
Catalog / eBooks and Audio / eMagazines

Mission: To enrich the lives of the greater Chautauqua community by providing access to materials in a variety of formats, as well as other appropriate library services, for the purposes of education, intellectual stimulation, and pleasure; and to do so within the framework of the accepted principles of the library profession.


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Scott Ekstrom
Library Director
sekstrom@ciweb.org
(716)-357-6296
Hours: Fall, Winter, Spring

Monday: 12 p.m.–7 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m.–3 p.m.

9 Week Chautauqua Season

Monday–Friday: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m.–3 p.m.