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Lyell Branch Library


Lyell Branch Library.       956 Lyell Ave.
     Rochester, NY  14606

     (585) 428-8218
    (585) 254-0303 fax


     RTS Bus Service Route:  #3
     Directions to this location

     Site Supervisor:  Patricia Connor 


Hours of Operation
Monday  Noon - 8 p.m.
Tuesday  Noon - 6 p.m.
Wednesday  Noon - 6 p.m.                
Thursday  Noon - 6 p.m.
Friday  Noon - 6 p.m.
Saturday  10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday  Closed    
Holiday Closings 
Lyell Image Gallery 

Library Profile

The Lyell Branch Library is located in Sector 3 of the Northwest Quadrant. It serves the West side of the City of Rochester, which is a community of more than 30,000 residents. Originally constructed in 1985, the branch has since expanded to incorporate a meeting room.

The collection has well over 17,000 items available for reference use or borrowing, such as books,  DVDs, music CDs, books on CD and magazines. Special collections include GED and test preparation materials, graphic novels and manga, urban fiction, video games and a wide selection of children’s movies.

The first public library in Rochester that served the Lyell Avenue neighborhood opened in 1912 as the Exposition Park Branch. This became the Edgerton Branch Library, which opened in 1968 and closed in 1980. Now located at the corner of Lyell Avenue and Avery Street, the Lyell Branch strives to offer personalized, friendly service and a large variety of materials to its patrons. The library features both on and off-street parking for patrons. 

   The Lyell Branch Library is a member of the Monroe County Library System


Project Research Assistance

Internet Assistance  

Drop-In Programming (Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m.): Stop in for fun activities that don't require registration! Programs offered include crafts, board games, movies, story times and homework help. 

Sector 3 Meeting (Last Monday of the Month, 6 p.m.): Are you a resident of Rochester’s Sector 3 area? Do you own a small business or storefront there? If so, come to the Lyell Branch Library  on the last Monday of each month at 6 p.m. for the monthly meeting of the Sector 3 Association. Discuss events and situations in the area or which have an effect upon on the area. Meet other local residents, neighbors, and business owners, and get to know others in your community. Meetings are open to all, those with an interest in Sector 3-related affairs are especially encouraged to attend.

LONA The Lyell-Otis Neighborhood Association meets once a month except during the summer. Please call (585) 458-3784 or visit the LONA blog for more information.


Meeting Room: The meeting room seats 49 and features a large flat-screen TV and surround sound for presentations and movie nights.
Computers: 14 public computers for adults and teens, 3 computers for children; all have Internet access. 1 catalog search computer.
Computer assistance - setting up an e-mail account, job searching and applications, resumes and cover letters, attaching files to e-mails and more. 

Recreation Centers Nearby

#17 School Recreation Center
#43 School Recreation Center
Campbell Street Community Center
Edgerton Community Center and Park   



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