City branch libraries Arnett, Lincoln, and Winton will be participating in the City Cool Sweep Heat Emergency operation and will have extended hours until 9PM on 6/18, 6/20, and 6/21. All RPL libraries will be closed 6/19 for the Juneteenth holiday. Visit the Holiday Closings page for a complete list of library closures.

Lyell Branch

The Lyell Branch Library is located in the Northwest Quadrant and serves a community of more than 30,000 residents. The building opened at its present location at the corner of Lyell Avenue and Avery Street in 1985. The library features both on and off-street parking for patrons. A small Early Literacy Center provides a space for our young users to explore. A community garden space was started in the recent past. A meeting room is available to the community, and is used regularly by the neighborhood association and other non-profit groups. Click here to request use of the meeting room.

Branch Supervisor: Cathy Kyle

956 Lyell Avenue
Rochester, NY 14606

(585) 428-8218

Bus Lines:
20 – Lyell bus stop located in front of library

Hours of Operation

Monday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday Closed

Open to the public for browsing, research, copying, faxing, printing, and computer access. Curbside service available during open hours. Request materials through the curbside pickup form, or call (585) 428-8218. 

Holiday Closings

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Services & Amenities

  • Meeting room – click to reserve
  • Interlibrary loan
  • Voting Location
  • Computer Access with Microsoft Products and Internet
  • 24 hour accessible book drop
  • One-on-One Technology Assistance
  • Copier/scanner/fax machine
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Mobile library services
  • Discount passes to area museums & cultural centers
  • Research assistance
  • After-School Homework Help


  • Individualized computer help
  • After school homework assistance for children
  • Story times
  • Summer reading program
  • Book discussion programs


11 Adult/Teen computers; 1 Children’s computers

Nearby Recreation Center

Campbell Street Recreation Center

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