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About the Central Library


Rundel Building 

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 Library Building and the newer Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building across the street. 

The Central Library is home to eleven separate 
departments organized by subject. Its collection contains over one million books, newspapers, magazines, DVD's, and other materials searchable through the Library's on-line catalog. A staff of trained subject experts is available to assist patrons quickly and efficiently. Eighty-five state-of-the-art computer workstations, as well as an in-library wireless network, provide access to the Internet and to many electronic databases.  



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.   

There are many free programs each month for all age levels and tastes, ranging from book reviews to computer classes to story hours. A listing of these programs may be found on the Library's calendar (Events & Classes). 

Bausch and Lomb 


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