This page lists local community resources for basic needs as well as online resources for at-home learning and entertainment. All resources listed here are free.


Community Resources online:

Food and basic needs: Many local food pantries are still operational with modified hours and offerings

Childcare: Local resources for emergency childcare

Housing: Contact information for the Department of Health and Human Services, Chautauqua Opportunities, and City Mission

Government services: Resources for unemployment, assistance for veterans, HEAP, SNAP, health insurance.

Mental health: Services are being offered remotely. 24/7 hotline is running, call 716-834-3131

Technology: Free options for WiFi during this time

Seniors: Local resources for seniors; recommend to start with NY Connects at 716-753-4582

Alzheimer’s Association WNY is offering free online virtual education courses, social engagement programs, and care consultation via phone, chat, and video calls. For a complete list of virtual resources, visit the Alzheimer’s Association’s Community Resource Guide.


Audiobooks, eBooks, and Entertainment online:

Access audiobooks and eBooks via OverDrive 

  • While libraries are closed, OverDrive is offering free sign-ups for an instant digital library card. All you need to register and start reading is your phone number.
  • You can also sign up for a temporary online library card through the library system HERE. This temporary account will give you 60 days of access to digital materials.

New York Public Library is offering their e-reading app to all New York state residents. Learn more and sign up HERE.

The New York Times: Access this resource for free with Prendergast Library’s online subscription. Click HERE to learn how to use a remote access code.

Ancestry Library Edition is now available remotely while our libraries are temporarily closed.

Ted Talks: Choose from over 3,000 videos covering topics from atomic clocks to psychopaths to spam in your inbox.


Online Learning:

Rosetta Stone: Access this language learning software for free. For access, you will need your library card number . If you are unsure of your login information, please contact us.

Penn Foster career classes: Topics covered include basic English, reading skills, basic math, math for business, consumers, and industry, and Microsoft Office. To access these classes, you will need your library card number and password (pin number). If you are unsure of your login information, please contact us.

EdX: Access free courses online in a wide range of subjects, including biology, communication, engineering, history, law, literature, math and more. This educational platform partners with universities including Harvard, Boston University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Berkeley, and more.

MIT Open Courseware: Online instruction offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; popular courses include introductory computer science, linear algebra, and artificial intelligence.

Typology: Want to improve your typing skills? Typology offers free practice in keyboarding, as well as instruction in computer basics, online safety, and basic coding.

Code Academy: Learn the basics of coding to build websites and analyze data. Basic courses are free; additional content requires a paid subscription.

Duolingo: Another option to learn a language online; Duolingo is a free resource to learn languages including Spanish, German, French, Japanese, and dozens more.