Rochester Public Libraries Reopening


We are excited to welcome you back!

To keep our library patrons and staff safe and protected, EVERYONE ENTERING AN RPL LIBRARY BUILDING IS REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK, sanitize their hands, submit to a temperature check and answer a health screening questionnaire. Masks must be left on for the duration of your visit. Please remember that in order for a mask to be effective it must cover both your nose and mouth.


Updated Monday, 9/21: Rochester Public Libraries have begun to reopen! The Central Library will be open from 10 am – 4 pm  Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am – 6 pm. See below for branch library hours. There will be no in-person library events or programs at this time, but many online offerings are available through the Central and RPL program calendars.

Services will vary by branch as follow:

  • *Arnett Branch – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10 am – 4 pm; Thursday 1 – 7 pm. Open for browsing, research, copying, faxing, printing, and computer access.
  • *Central Library – Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10 am – 4 pm; Tuesday and Thursday 10 am – 6 pm. Bausch & Lomb Public Library building open for browsing, research, and notary services. Computer access available in the NEW Technology Center, Link Level. Rundel Memorial Building 1st floor (Arts & Literature Division) open; 2nd floor exhibits open; Local History & Genealogy Division open by appointment only.
  • Charlotte Branch – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10 am – 4 pm; Wednesday 12 – 6 pm. Curbside pickup only: call (585) 428-8216.
  • Frederick Douglass Community Library – Monday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm. Curbside pickup only: call (585) 428-8206.
  • *Lincoln Branch – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10 am – 4 pm; Thursday 12 – 6 pm. Computer access and copy/fax service. The Toy Library remains closed, though toys can be returned to the circulation desk.
  • Lyell Branch – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10 am – 4 pm; Wednesday 12 – 6 pm. Curbside pickup only: call (585) 428-8218.
  • *Maplewood Community Library – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10 am – 4 pm; Tuesday 12 – 6 pm; Open for browsing, research, computer access, and copy/fax service.
  • Monroe Branch – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10 am – 4 pm; Thursday 12 – 6 pm. Curbside pickup only: call  (585) 428-8202.
  • Phillis Wheatley – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10 am – 4 pm; Wednesday 12 – 6 pm. Curbside pickup, faxes, copying and printing: call (585) 428-8212.
  • Sully Branch – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10 am – 4 pm; Thursday 1 – 7 pm. Curbside pickup, printing/faxing, answering reference questions, and issuing library cards: call (585) 428-8208.
  • *Winton Branch – Monday 2 – 8 pm; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10 am – 4 pm; Open for browsing, research, computer access, notary services by appointment, and copy/fax service.

*Designates libraries now open to the public.

Before entering any Rochester Public Library, patrons will be required to wear a mask, sanitize their hands, and submit to a temperature check and health screening questionnaire. Each location has been reconfigured to help visitors and staff maintain proper social distancing, which will be enforced. Additionally, some areas in each building may remain closed to the public.

Hours and services will be evaluated regularly and may change on short notice. Please check back for updates, or contact your favorite branch.