Many college students have replaced the library with computers as they do online research in their own dorm rooms. A report in today's Business First shows how Buffalo State College saw a huge drop at E.H. Butler library so the school decided to reinvent itself. The report says the library has a high tech academic support center with new computer terminals, expanded hours, digital cameras to loan to students and more. Other schools like Daemen, ECC and Canisius are also going high tech with expansions as the trend catches on.
There could be a surplus of office space in Downtown Buffalo at HSBC Tower. Business First says the law firm Phillips Lytle has short listed three downtown sites, but none of them are in the HSBC Tower. A decision is expected in weeks. The firm's lease expires in 2013 when HSBC Bank's lease also expires. The bank has not announced its final plans. Together, HSBC Bank and Phillips Lytle represent about 87 percent of leased space at the Tower. If both leave, the report says many feel it would create a tough financial hole for Seneca One Realty.