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Phillis Wheatley Community Library


wheatley        33 Dr. Samuel McCree Way
     Rochester, NY 14608
     (585) 428-8212
     (585) 328-5266

     RTS Bus Routes: #6 and #18/19
      Directions to This Location

      Site Manager:   Lori Frankunas  


Hours of Operation
Monday Noon - 7 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday Noon - 7 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday Noon - 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Holiday Closings 

                                    Wheatley Image Gallery 

Library Profile

  The Phillis Wheatley Community Library is a handicap-accessible, ultra-modern building that was built in 1971.
The library is named for Phillis Wheatley (1753? - 1784), whose poetry was published during her lifetime. The library’s cultural awareness programs include Kwanzaa, Martin Luther King, Jr. and African-American History Month celebrations. Many programs include collaboration with Clara Barton School #2, George Mather Forbes School #4, Community Child Care Center and other community agencies. 

The Phillis Wheatley Community Library is a member of the Monroe County Library System


KidTech: A free, ten-week computer instruction class for ages 6 to 17. Students meeting financial guidelines receive a free computer after successful completion of the class.

Story Hours: A favorite program with neighborhood community groups, available during the fall and spring of the year.

Special Collections

African-American Collection: This dynamic collection addresses current topics and titles and contains approximately 3,000 volumes written by and about African-Americans. The circulating collection contains fiction and non-fiction including biographies, magazines, compact discs, digital videodiscs and videocassettes for all ages.

Accelerated Reader Collection: Composed primarily of juvenile fiction.


Meeting Room: The Nancy Evelyn Brandon meeting room seats 110 and is used extensively by community groups and other not-for-profit organizations.

Computers: 8 computers with Internet access. Four of those computers provide access to Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Access. The library has 2 computers with internet access dedicated for children’s use and another for use of Accelerated Reader software.

Recreation Centers Nearby

Adams St. Community Center & Pool
Flint St. Community Center
Southwest Community Center 



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