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Arts, Music and Recreation Division of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County


Bausch and Lomb Public Library Building 

   2nd Floor, Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building
   115 South Avenue
   Rochester, NY 14604 

   (585) 428-8140

The Arts, Music and Recreation Division of the Central Library houses a number of special collections and formats:


  • Fine and Performing Arts -- Drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, music and dance  
  • Design -- Costumes and fashion, architecture, house plans, landscaping and home decorating  
  • Framed Prints -- May be borrowed for an eight-week loan period  
  • Graphic Novels -- For teens and adults  
  • Antiques and Collectibles -- Price guides and advice for collectors. Use this guide to research antiques and collectibles. We also have a subscription to Invaluable.com – a website listing auction prices for fine and decorative arts as well as collectibles. 
  • Coins, Paper Money and Stamps -- Illustrated catalogs with values  
  • Crafts -- Calligraphy, knitting, quilting, needlework, scrapbooking and many more  
  • Entertainment -- Movies, theater, television, celebrity biographies and old-time radio programs  


  • Sheet music -- Classical and popular, including Broadway shows  
  • Popular Song Index  
  • Books-- Composers, performers, musical genres, and musical instruments  
  • Music Instruction books--many of which contain CDs 

Music recordings formerly housed in Arts, Music and Recreation have been moved to the Reynolds Media Center on the first floor of the Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building.

Recreation and Sports  

  • Teams, statistics, rules and sports trivia  
  • Sports biographies  
  • Indoor games -- Card games and gambling  
  • Outdoor activities -- Hiking, cycling, skiing, fishing and more 

We have all sorts of programs throughout the year including Pop Up Craft classes, art lectures and various musical performances. Check our website at www.libraryweb.org for more information.






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