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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.

Patron Services Manager: Cynthia Dana

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 – 6:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Open to the public for browsing, borrowing materials, copying, faxing, notary services and computer services (45 minute limit). Reference and research assistance are available, including appointment-only access to the Local History and Genealogy Division for extended research. Entrance is through the Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building on South Avenue. Curbside services also available: request materials through the curbside pickup form, or call (585) 428-8020, Monday 9 am – 5 pm and Tuesday – Friday 9 am – 3:30 pm.

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