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: Jeff Levine
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|
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.
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 Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County is now accepting entries for the 8th annual Juried International Art of the Book exhibit. Deadline to submit your application is July 13, 2018
It’s never been easier to find out what’s going on at the Central Library! Use this link to sign up for an electronic newsletter with upcoming events, new library services, recommended reading, and more. You’ll receive monthly library news delivered right to your email inbox!
Calling all knitters and crocheters! We need your help creating chemo caps to donate to Wilmot Cancer Institute for our next Craft-It-Forward.
Frederick Douglass’ Rochester, highlights the spaces and places that informed his life in the Flower City. Douglass once wrote that he would always feel more at home in Rochester than anywhere else in the country, and his legacy is undoubtedly felt throughout the city in which resided for a quarter of a century.
Stop by the Central Library to see the latest exhibit by local artist Kristine Bouyoucos, Notations: Imagery of Words & Music. On display now through July 18, 2018.
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