The Maplewood Community Library has opened in its temporary location at 414 Lexington Ave, Rochester, NY 14613! (Their phones are currently down but they are open normal hours.) Please visit Maplewood’s Expansion page for details.

The library catalog will be down for maintenance Tuesday, July 16th beginning at 8:00 AM, lasting approx. one hour. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Phillis Wheatley Community Library

The Phillis Wheatley Community Library is an ultra-modern building designed by architect James H. Johnson. It was built in 1971 and is handicapped accessible.

The library is named for Phillis Wheatley (c. 1753 – December 5, 1784). She was the first published African-American woman and first published African-American poet. The library services a predominantly African-American population and the multicultural historic Cornhill neighborhood bordering the library.

Branch Supervisor: Lori Frankunas

33 Dr Samuel McCree Way
Rochester, NY 14608

(585) 428-8212

Bus Lines:

Hours of Operation

Monday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunday Closed

The Phyllis Wheatley Community Library is closing the afternoon of 6/20 due to a maintenance issue.
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) 428-8212. 

Holiday Closings

Connect With Us

Services & Amenities

  • Meeting room
  • Interlibrary loan
  • Changing tables in public restrooms
  • 24 hour accessible book drop
  • Bicycle rack
  • Copier/scanner/fax machine
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Stamps available for purchase
  • Mobile library services
  • Discount passes to area museums & cultural centers
  • Research assistance


“Safe to Be Smart” Program – Activities and services geared toward youth from 3 – 6 pm, or after school.

Storywalk – Read and play on playful sidewalks along the way to the library entrance. Our story walk story is changed on a monthly basis with award winning stories and stories written by local school children. Storywalk is accessible even when the library is closed.

Public Food Forest Garden – The garden landscape of the library building is comprised of local edible plants and 12 raised bed giving gardens. The community is welcome to help out in the garden on Wednesdays during the growing season and to harvest what grows in the garden. For more information and events check out the Phillis Wheatley Library Public Food Forest Garden group on Facebook.

Digital Literacy – Free computer support and computer-related assistance. Learn basic computer skills and how to use Microsoft or Google products. Get assistance creating or updating your resume, applying for jobs or benefits online and much more. This service is provided by Literacy Volunteers of Rochester, Inc.

After school tutoring for children, 1st through 6th grade, is offered 2 days a week, September – June. TASC tutoring is available. Please call the library for dates and times.

Meeting Room

The Nancy Evelyn Brandon meeting room seats 110 and is frequently used by community groups and other non-profit organizations, who may book the room for free. The room is also available to for-profit organizations, for whom a $30 fee applies. Call staff at (585) 428-8212 for additional details.


The Phillis Wheatley Community Library maintains 34 computers with Internet access for adults, young adults, and children. Printing is available from all computers, with color prints at $.50/page, and black and white at $.25 cents/page.

Nearby Recreation Centers

  • Adams Street R-Center
  • Flint Street R-Center

Support The Library

Donate Today

Search for  

Rochester Public Library

chat loading...