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|
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 Friday, October 18, 2019 for staff development.
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 Monroe County Library System is proud to offer Empire Passes for New York State Parks, which allows users to borrow free admission passes to hundreds of New York State Parks. The Empire Pass is your ticket to the great outdoors, swim, hike, fish, play, it’s all free.
Did you know that the Central Library is a Federal Depository Library, providing access to thousands of Government documents to the public? In the past we have maintained print copies of this collection. Now you can access the basic collection of this program digitally.
The Rochester Public Library is proud to now offer the NEW online language learning service, Pronunciator, to our City of Rochester patrons.
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