Literature Division of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County


The Rundel Memorial Library Building 

   1st Floor, Rundel Memorial Library Building
   115 South Avenue
   Rochester, NY  14604

   (585) 428-8380

The Literature Division houses a number of special collections and subjects, including:  

  • American Sign Language materials available in print format  
  • Biographies of Authors, Poets, Journalists, Philosophers and Religious Figures  
  • Extensive Poetry and Play collection 
  • Fiction in both hardcover and paperback (ebooks and e-audio available from the Library's website) 
  • Language materials in more than 75 languages  
  • Library Science  
  • Literacy materials and English as a Second Language (ESOL) in print  
  • Literary criticism - Over 6,000 titles  
  • Literary reference, including various online databases: Contemporary Literary Criticism, Dictionary of Literary Biography, etc., available 24/7 on our website, and many other resources  
  • Materials for writers - Books on how to write and how to get published  
  • Oxford English Dictionary (OED), unabridged, in print 
  • Quotations - Books to search for quotations by topic or by author  
  • Philosophy texts and reference sources such as the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy  
  • Religion includes resources on all major world religions as well as many other religions  
  • Teen fiction   

Our Media Collection has moved across the street to the Reynolds Media Center, located on the first floor of Central's Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building.