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|Hours of Operation
*Monday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
*Tuesday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
*Wednesday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
*Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(closed Saturdays from July 5 through August 30, 2014)
Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
(closed Sundays from May 11 through September 28, 2014)
*The first floor of the Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building
opens at 9 a.m.
The Central Library is the headquarters of both the Rochester Public Library and the Monroe County Library System. It occupies two buildings located on South Avenue in downtown Rochester; the Rundel Memorial Library Building, and the newer Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building across the street. The two buildings are joined together beneath South Avenue by the lower link level, which houses the Lower Link Gallery and "Teen Central". The Recreation Center closest to the Central Library is the Clinton-Baden Community Center.
The Central Library's collection contains over one million books, newspapers, magazines, DVD's, and other materials searchable through the Library's Classic Catalog and CatalogPlus. A staff of trained subject experts is available to assist patrons quickly and efficiently.
The Central Library also serves as a community gathering place for the free exchange of ideas and information. Study carrels, tables, and comfortable seating provide areas for quiet study or group gatherings.
"Safe To Be Smart" program: Activities and services geared toward youth. Located in "Teen Central", in the lower link level.
Small Business Programs: The Business & Social Sciences Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County and the College at Brockport Small Business Development Center (SBDC) co-sponsor free monthly programs on small business topics. These topics include marketing, time management, starting a small business, and legal issues surrounding small businesses. See the Library Events page for more information about individual classes and for registration.
Arts, Music and Recreation (585) 428-8140
Business and Social Sciences (585) 428-8130
Children's Center (585) 428-8150
Extension and Outreach (585) 428-8312
Information Center (585) 428-7300
Literature and Media - Literature: (585) 428-8380
Media (Audio, Video): (585) 428-8360
Local History and Genealogy (585) 428-8370
Science, History and Travel (585) 428-8110
Copies ($.20 per sheet)
Faxing ($1 per sheet)
Grants Information Center
In-library wireless network
Job Information Center
Patent and Trademark Center