Regular hours have been affected by state, county and organizational responses to the international COVID-19 pandemic. Current as of March 16, 2020. View details here

While the library and book drop are temporarily closed, all due dates will be extended and no overdue fines will be charged.

Digital FAQs and Quick links for renewing your library card (username), resetting PIN, and getting a card online are up at

Library staff are available to help: Email us at or call 716.357.6296.

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About The Smith

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


To enrich the lives of the greater CHQ 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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