The Central Library will have new open hours beginning on 5/20 – listed on the Central Locations Page. The Maplewood Community Library will close 6/3 for the start of their Expansion and Renovation Project.

Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County

Arts & Literature

The Arts and Literature Division is located on the first floor of the Rundel Library Building. The Arts section contains books and materials covering fine arts, crafts, photography, music, dance, recreation and sports.  The Literature section contains books and materials covering fiction, drama, poetry, literary criticism, religion, philosophy and languages, including books written in multiple languages.  The division also includes exhibit spaces, quiet study rooms, “hot books” and a large print collection.

Division Supervisor: Nanci Nugent

115 South Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604

(585) 428-8380

First Floor of the Rundel Memorial Library Building


Art & Literature


RUNDELANIA is the digital literary journal of the Arts and Literature Division at the Rochester Public Library, NY.  The journal is dedicated to the publication of original poetry, short stories and essays by the patrons of the library.

Learn a new Language with Pronunciator

Pronunciator is a fun way to learn any of 163 languages with self-directed lessons, live teachers, movies, music, and more. Learn online, and get the app for your mobile device!

Pronunciator is available at the Central Library and City Branches and remotely for City of Rochester residents.

Prepare for U.S. Citizenship with Procitizen

To become a naturalized U.S. citizen, you must take the naturalization test. Procitizen will help you prepare for the civics, reading, and writing portions of the test. Using your computer or mobile device, enjoy free access to a series of 100 informative videos, plus practice exercises and quizzes, which will help you learn everything you need to know to successfully pass the naturalization test. Your login tracks your progress across all devices!

Procitizen is available at the Central Library and City Branches and remotely for City of Rochester residents.

The largest online catalogue of classical and jazz music, opera and dance videos.

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