BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
EQUIPMENT SHARE PILOT PROGRAM

To ensure a life-long love of sport and physical activity, kids need to have the opportunity to sample a variety of sports. Sports sampling helps children discover new sports and develop sharper physical fitness skills. The Equipment Share Pilot Program allows children Western New York to checkout sporting equipment through a local library branch. 

However, access to new and different sports equipment can be a barrier for many children. That’s why Project Play WNY has partnered with the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Victory Sports and Algonquin Sports for Kids this summer to roll out a new equipment sharing pilot program that will provide kids with free and accessible sports equipment.

Your family and children can access this equipment at the following locations:

  • Equipment Share at the Gonzalez-Soto Branch Library: Check out soccer, lacrosse, snowshoeing and other sports equipment kits with an active library card. Learn more about this program and the Library’s Play Down Your Fines program by visiting

[LINK – TBD].

  • Victory Sports“Ball Bins”: Placed throughout Greater Buffalo outside libraries, community centers and parks, ball bins will offer soccer balls, kickballs, baseballs and basketballs for kids and families to borrow and play with any time of the day and any day of the week.

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And be sure to check out our events calendar for opportunities for your child to participate in a series of free sports clinics run by Algonquin Sports for Kids. Their skilled instructors will demonstrate how to use the various sports equipment offered through the Buffalo and Erie County Library’s equipment sharing program.