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Monroe Branch Library


 Monroe Branch Library. 

     809 Monroe Ave.
     Rochester, NY 14607

     (585) 428-8202
     (585) 271-0136 fax

     RTS Bus Route: #7
      Directions to this location

     Site Supervisor: Mary Clare Scheg 

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


Library Profile

The gray limestone building with a terra cotta tile roof, considered a showplace in 1930, is a blend of antique charm and modern technology. Located next to the YMCA, the Monroe Branch continues to be a cultural hub of its southeast neighborhood.

Renovations were completed in 2005 and included an elevator connecting the Adult and Children’s floor, handicap accessible bathrooms and ramp access to the main floor, making the library accessible to patrons with special needs.

The Children’s Room features an interactive play area for its youngest patrons. Overseeing this area is “Artichokie” the stately giraffe. You may recognize her as the “I Spy” giraffe from “Animal Scramble.” Here, children can enjoy puzzles, tangrams and play in a puppet theater. 

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


Adult Book Club (3rd Wednesday of the Month, 1:30 p.m.):
Are you a book lover looking for a place to discuss literature with other bookworms? Or, do you want to become more well-read, but you don’t have any idea where to start? Then come down to the Monroe Branch Library for the Adult Book Club. The Adult Book Club offers group discussion of literature, including new releases and classic works. Books are decided upon, read, and discussed in a welcoming community atmosphere of adult literature lovers. The Adult Book Club is a great way to expand your literary horizons. 

Special Collections

Children's Braille Collection: Eighty braille books ranging from toddler to young adult. These include braille/text and braille only books.

Science Kits: Covering a range of topics from “Air” to "Zoo," these kits include ten books, both fiction and non-fiction, for ages 4 to 8. A number of the kits include science activities as well.

Social Studies Kits: We have 28 social studies kits on such topics as the American Revolution, Immigration and the United States Government. The kits include at least 10 books, both fiction and non-fiction, that are geared for the primary grades.

Picture File: We have approximately one-third of the Picture File collection that was previously housed in the Art Division at the Central Library. Please come in and browse these images. They are available for circulation.


Computers: 15 public computers, ten with Internet access. 

The Recreation Center closest to the Monroe Branch Library is the Field St. Recreation Center.



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