Monroe Branch Library


 Monroe Branch Library. 

     809 Monroe Ave.
     Rochester, NY 14607

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

     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 between the YMCA and Interstate 490, the Monroe Branch continues to be the cultural hub of its southeast neighborhood. A beautiful mural, entitled Onon:ta (The Hill), leads you from the adult floor to the children's room. The work was lovingly painted by Jim Barbero.

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 and tangrams and play in the puppet theater. 

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

Special Collections

Children's Braille Collection: Monroe Branch has a collection of over 80 braille books in the Children's Room, ranging from toddler to young adult. They include braille/text and braille only books.
Science Kits: These kits cover a range of topics from “Air” to "Zoo," these kits include 10 books, both fiction and non-fiction, for ages 4 to 8. A number of them include science activities as well. The kits can be accessed by doing a word search on "science kit" in our online catalog or by visiting the Children's Room. 
Social Studies Kits: These kits are also housed in the Children's Room. At present, there are 28 circulating kits that include themes like Community Helpers, Communities, United States Government, Westward Expansion and America at Work. The kits include at least 10 books, both fiction and non-fiction, that are geared for the primary grades. To access this list, simply do a keyword search for "social studies kit" in our online catalog.   


Notary Public - Monroe Branch now offers Notary Public services. Patrons in need of this service are advised to call ahead and make sure that the Notary Public is on duty before coming in.
Seed Bank - During spring and early summer, there is a Seed Bank which contains a variety of seed packets for patrons to take.


Adult floor: 10 (including two laptops) and 1 Nook
Children's floor: 3
Printing is available.

The recreation center closest to the Monroe Branch Library is the Field St. R-Center.