All MCLS Libraries are currently closed. Your holds will be waiting when we reopen. Current materials borrowed will now be due on May 18, 2020, allowing you to retain the materials in your possession without fines. We encourage you to keep all materials borrowed until notified otherwise. Please visit the MCLS website for more information and for additional resources on COVID-19.
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.
Patron Services Manager: Cynthia Dana
115 South Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604
TDD: (585) 428-8023
23, 24, 45, 51, 53, 55, 83, 101, 102, 124, 145, & 155
Occasionally Bus Lines 81 & 82
|Monday||10:00 am – 8:30 pm|
|Tuesday||10:00 am – 6:00 pm|
|Wednesday||10:00 am – 8:30 pm|
|Thursday||11:00 am – 6:00 pm|
|Friday||10:00 am – 6:00 pm|
|Saturday||10:00 am – 5:00 pm|
Closed Saturdays from July 6, 2019 through Saturday, August 31, 2019.
Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri — First floor of the Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building opens for limited service at 9 am. Teen Central hours differ, and can be viewed on the Teen Central page.
Closed Saturday, June 6, due to the Criterium bike race street closings. Closed Friday, October 23, for staff training.
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.
The Rochester Public Library is proud to now offer the NEW online language learning service, Pronunciator, to our City of Rochester patrons.
The Monroe County Library System is happy to announce it’s renewal of the VIP Pass program for 2018. The Very Important Places (V.I.P.) pass provides a substantial discount to enjoy the best of Rochester and Monroe County’s arts and cultural treasures.
The Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County will be partnering with Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope (CASH) and the New York State Department of Taxation & Finance Facilitated Self Assistance (FSA) Tax Assistance Program to provide Individual tax filing assistance to the community. Each program has a different set of qualifications to receive assistance so please check out both programs below to see which one is best for you.
Stop by the Central Library to view the “Gandhi @ 150” exhibit, on display in the Anthony Mascioli Gallery in the Rundel Memorial Library building, February 10-29, 2020. Made possible by the M.K Gandhi Institute for Non-Violence and the India Community Center of Rochester
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