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Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library


The Library Store at the Central Library Downtown  

115 South Avenue 
1st floor    

 585.428.8181. Toll free: 1.877.271.4882   


Book Store Hours   

Monday: 9am - 8pm  

Tuesday: 9am - 5pm  

Wednesday: 9am - 8pm  

Thursday: 11am - 5pm 

Friday: 9am - 5pm   

Saturday: 10am - 2pm  

(closed Sunday)  



All hardcovers and paperback books for adults: $1 

Children's books: 50 cents 

Magazines: 25 cents 


Proceeds from The Library Store benefit the Rochester Public Library.  

Each purchase you make helps the library expand their collections and services to the public.      


Volunteer staff  

The store is operated by volunteers. Click here to find out how you can volunteer at The Library Store.

Items for Sale

 The Library Store has a selection of new and used items such as:  

  • Used hardcover, paperback books, CDs and DVDs 
  • Puzzles, games, and educational toys 
  • Greeting cards, rulers, bookmarks, and a host of other items that celebrate the love of reading  
  • Gift items such as jewelry, candles, magnets, educational toys for children, and books by local authors  
  • Coffee mugs and tote bags with the Rochester Public Library logo  

Shop our huge online selection 24-7 at Amazon, AbeBooks and Alibris. We have more than 10,000 quality used books in our inventory! 

Read the Library Store BLOG here.


Due to limited storage space and minimal demand for certain materials, please follow the guidelines below.

We happily accept the following items in good condition  

  • Hardcover & Paperback Books   
  • Periodicals/Magazines less than 1 year old  
  • National Geographic Magazines (any date)   
  • CDs, DVDs and CD/MP3 audiobooks  
  • New/gently used board games, educational toys, flash cards, and puzzles  
All books and materials donated become the property of The Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library and are added to the collections at the library, or sold on-line or in The Library Store. The proceeds of all sales are used to support the Rochester Public Library.  

 We are unable to accept:   

  • Any books with mold, mildew, stains or odor  
  • Incomplete or outdated Encyclopedia Sets (printed 5 or more years ago)  
  • Books with broken spines, missing covers, or excessive writing/underlining inside 
  • Business and computer books, travel guides, catalogs, test prep and reference books published more than 2 years ago  
  • Records/LPs, Cassette Tapes & VHS tapes; homemade DVDs, CDs or other recordings 
  • Theses or dissertations; school yearbooks*  
*The Local History & Genealogy Division accepts yearbooks from Monroe County schools. Please contact them directly to donate.

Donations are received and processed by volunteers Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays from 10am-2pm. Please call The Library Store in advance at 585.428.8181 to ensure that the store is open and a volunteer is on duty to assist you with your donation.     

*We will not be held responsible for books and materials donated outside of the appointed times or which do not meet the above guidelines.  

Please pack your donations in sturdy boxes or double plastic grocery bags. Boxes and bags should not be overloaded or too heavy to carry.  If it’s too heavy for you, it’s probably too heavy for us. These items cannot be unpacked immediately, so please use boxes and bags that are disposable or that you do not wish to have back.  

The Library Store will provide you with a receipt for your donation. We are legally unable to assess the value of book/media donations, but we do acknowledge the number of books and materials donated. 

To drop off your donation during designated hours, please pull in to the private staff parking lot located behind the Bausch & Lomb Library Building (see map below) and call 585.428.8181 for assistance in unloading your vehicle.





Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County | 115 South Avenue | Rochester, NY 14604

Member of the Monroe County Library System