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

The Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County consists of two buildings, the Rundel Memorial Library building, opened in 1936, and the Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building, opened in 1997. Located in the heart of Downtown Rochester, NY, at 115 South Avenue, the library offers the residents of the City and County a large collection of books, (both print and electronic) magazines, music, movies and more.  In addition to its collection of materials, the Central Library provides quiet study spaces, public meeting rooms, a variety of free programs and opportunities for community engagement.

Subject Divisions

115 South Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604

(585) 428-7300
TDD: (585) 428-8023

Bus Lines:
23, 24, 45, 51, 53, 55, 83, 101, 102, 124, 145, & 155
Occasionally Bus Lines 81 & 82

Parking at the Central Library

Hours of Operation

Monday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday Closed

Open to the public for browsing, borrowing materials, copying, faxing, notary services, reference and research assistance and computer services (90 minute limit). Curbside services also available: request materials through the curbside pickup form, or call (585) 428-8020.

Holiday Closings.

Connect With Us

Services & Amenities

  • Meeting room
  • Interlibrary loan
  • Changing tables in public restrooms
  • Notary Service (call for availability)
  • 24 hour accessible book drop
  • Bicycle rack
  • Copier/scanner/fax machine
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Stamps available for purchase
  • Exam proctoring
  • Mobile library services
  • Discount passes to area museums & cultural centers
  • Research assistance

Library Bookstore

The Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library offers a wide selection of new and used items for sale in the Library Store. Inventory includes books, CDs and DVDs, educational toys and games, and stationery and gift items. Proceeds from all sales benefit the Rochester Public Library.

Foodlink Community Café

Located on the first floor of the Bausch & Lomb Public Library building, the café is open Monday through Friday from 11 am until 3 pm. A variety of healthy and delicious meals are prepared by culinary apprentices launching their new careers. The café follows a “pay-it-forward” model. Please click below for more information.

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