About the Monroe County Library System
The Monroe County Library System (MCLS) is
an association of independent public libraries working together to improve
library services for residents of Monroe County. The MCLS was chartered by the New York State
Board of Regents in 1954 and is directed by a board of trustees appointed by the Monroe County
Legislature. MCLS members include the
libraries of sixteen towns, two villages, a school district and the City of
Rochester. Each member library is governed by an
independent board of trustees and funded by local taxes.
The Rundel Memorial Building and the Bausch and Lomb Public
Library Building, at 115 South Avenue in downtown Rochester, serve as the
Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County and the operational hub of the
MCLS. The MCLS is funded by New York
State, member libraries and Monroe County; MCLS services are provided under a
contract with the Rochester Public Library.
provided under the MCLS include a comprehensive telecommunications network,
library asset management system (catalog), shipping and delivery services,
outreach services, interlibrary loan services, administrative and technical
support to member libraries, and the coordinated purchases of electronic
The MCLS ensures its members can thrive and make the
best use of tax dollars by providing centralized technologies, shared
resources, and promotion of best practices.
The MCLS is a substantial
contributor to the enriched quality of life of the community of Monroe. It
enables countywide delivery of customer focused services and is known for
innovative thinking, leadership information technology and cooperation among
Support the Monroe County
Donate: Support your member
library to provide
vital programs and services in your community. Check with your library for
their acceptance of gifts, donated books or other materials.
word: Sign up for library event notifications
and newsletters. Follow us on Twitter. Go mobile with MCLS.
Volunteer: The MCLS has many opportunities
for volunteerism, through individual member libraries and through friends of
member library organizations. Check with your library for opportunities to
support library staff and programming through volunteer work.
MCLS: Visit a book sale. Buy books and gifts in person or online from The Library Store at the Central Library.
MCLS Strategic Plan of Service, 2017-2021
MCLS Strategic Plan of Service, 2017-2021, Survey Results
Direct Access Plan of Service
MCLS Document of Understanding, 2015-2017