All MCLS Libraries are currently closed. Your holds will be waiting when we reopen. Current materials borrowed will now be due on May 18, 2020, allowing you to retain the materials in your possession without fines. We encourage you to keep all materials borrowed until notified otherwise. Please visit the MCLS website for more information and for additional resources on COVID-19.

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

Phillis Wheatley Community Library

33 Dr Samuel McCree Way
Rochester, NY 14608

(585) 428-8212

Bus Lines:
6/6X Jefferson Ave
19/19X Plymouth St

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

Closed Friday, March 20 and Friday, October 23, for staff training.

Holiday Closings

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