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Science, History and Travel

Bausch and Lomb

of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County
3rd Floor, Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building
(585) 428-8110 Hours  


What's happening on the 3rd floor in Science and History!!

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The Science and History Division on the 3rd floor of the Bausch and Lomb building would like to announce the Vietnam Learning Center. A generous gift from Local Chapter 20 of the Vietnam Veterans enabled the division to purchase display cabinets, in country maps, the magazine “Between the Lines”, and many circulating books.  


Come to the Center where a 52” TV plays different videos running continuously throughout the day. One film portrays the strenuous six-day, eighty-hour training period which the replacement soldier received in Vietnam.  Another shows operations in Vietnam in 1966, while a different one features rare wartime footage shot by U.S. Army combat cameramen between 1968 and 1970. Finally, one shows the men who came home from Vietnam and reveals their struggles, courage, and fears. A large directional speaker provides sound to these videos without disturbing those near the Center. 


A large, hand-crafted diorama depicting a battle scene was donated and is now viewable. A uniform and jacket appropriate of the time are visible, as are flags from different branches of the US military. 


Please come and experience this multi-media display showcasing the Vietnam Conflict. We are honored to provide this Learning Center, so visit often as new media will be added, and the Center will change. For more information, please call (585) 428-8110. 


Check these out! 

Science and History now circulates some of our most popular magazines! 

popular science  popular mechanics 



Patents and Trademarks
The Central Library is a Patent and  Trademark Resource Center. We offer you the same resources you would find at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Virginia. If you would like to learn how to do a search or protect your ideas, please come in to the Science and History Division on the 3rd floor of the library. The Chester F. Carlson Patent and Trademark Library houses these resources, and is openly availble to the public. 

TomTom GPS

If you are thinking of purchasing a Tomtom One XL GPS, come to the Rochester Public Library and try it before you buy it. We loan GPS units! Call (585) 428-8110 for more details.

The Science, History, and Travel Division provides:

  • Thousands of practical and technical books in the fields of computing, electronics, engineering, construction, gardening, and pets
  • An expansive collection of cookbooks, recipe indexes, and other works in the culinary arts
  • The most comprehensive collection of automotive service manuals in the county
  • An exceptionally well balanced history collection, with particular strength in the military history of the American Civil War and the Second World War
  • A specialized collection of travel guidebooks, and an impressive array of historical and contemporary travel narratives

Use this guide for help pricing new and used cars and boats.

The Science, History, and Travel Division is also home to the Chester F. Carlson Patent and Trademark Center. It is a Patent and Trademark Resource Center, supported in part by a generous grant from the Chester and Dorris Carlson Charitable Trust. To learn more about this program, please visit the program's site here.

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