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About the Library


The Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library is a dynamic space for innovation and collaboration that inspires lifelong learners.


With values emerging from our Catholic, Jesuit traditions, and rooted in the mission of the College, the ALB Library serves as the intellectual, academic, and social center of Canisius, transforming students and others into lifelong learners who will serve and lead in a global society.

The library achieves this mission by:

●     Providing access to a broad and deep range of information resources and tools to support academic success.

●     Providing opportunities to develop critical thinking in a collaborative environment.

●     Building relationships focused on scholarly inquiry.

●     Providing comfortable, safe, and inspirational spaces to engage the entire campus, community partners, and visitors.

●     Identifying, curating, and preserving institutional memory.


The Building

Opened in 1988, the 96,000 square-foot, air-conditioned, three story building can hold up to 700,000 volumes and seat over 500 people. Excellent study and research accommodations are provided by a mix of individual carrels, table seating, and lounge chairs that are positioned throughout the building. The general public seating areas are supplemented by various specialty areas that include: group study rooms; an audio-visual listening/viewing area; a rare book room; a Library Instruction Room; a Curriculum Materials Center; and lounge areas.

Tim Horton's

A Tim Horton's opened during the 2009 Spring semester. Click here for hours and information


Personal assistance at the Information Desk. Group library instruction lectures with wireless laptop computers.

Special equipment: coin- and debit card-operated copy machines; cassette, record, CD, and DVD players; VCRs and monitors; microform readers and printers; CD-ROM and multi-media workstations; computers, laptops.


Eight full-time and three part-time librarians are employed to provide exemplary collections and services; each librarian has an American Library Association accredited Master of Library Science Degree. Five technical assistants and clerks, and over seventy student assistants are employed in various capacities.

Borrowing Information

  • Students

    A Canisius ID card enables a student to borrow all circulating materials for four weeks; one renewal is allowed.

  • Graduates/Alumni

    Graduates of Canisius College may borrow up to 5 items at one time for a four (4) week period. A University ID number is required. Computers and online databases can be accessed on campus when available. Access to online databases from off campus is not allowed due to license contracts restrictions.

  • Friends

    Members of the community are welcome to use the collections on the premises. Courtesy borrowing privileges are available only in cases of special need and unusual circumstances. INFOPASS cards are honored.


The Library is open 109 hours per week during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Monday-Thursday - 7:30 A.M. - 2:00 A.M.

Friday - 8:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Saturday - 10:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Sunday - 11:00 A.M. - 2:00 A.M.

Hours for holidays, summer sessions, and semester breaks are posted.