Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County


 Rundel Memorial Building       Central Library
         115 South Ave.
   Rochester, NY  14604

       (585) 428-7300
Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building
   Hours of Operation
   Monday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
   Tuesday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
   Wednesday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.  
   Thursday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
   Friday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
   Saturday Closed 
   Sunday Closed

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Library Profile

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 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. 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 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", on the second floor of Central's Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building.

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.  


Arts Division  (585) 428-8380
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 (585) 428-8380
Local History and Genealogy  (585) 428-8370
Reynolds Media Center (585) 428-8360 
Science, History and Travel (585) 428-8110 


Computer Classes
Copies ($.20 per sheet) 
Faxing ($1 per sheet) 
Grants Information Center
In-library wireless network
Job Information Center
Meeting Rooms
Patent and Trademark Center 


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