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City of Rochester

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.




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