Ask a librarian
The librarians at the Rochester Public Library welcome your questions via e-mail and will respond to you within 48 hours.
Ask?Away is your 24 hour Reference Question Resource.
Get a library card
To obtain a Rochester Public Library card, you must:
Get e-mail notifications
You've Got Mail!
We are pleased to offer the following service: the Share Automated Library System will e-mail you when items you’ve placed on hold become available and when items are overdue.
Please note: if you choose to receive notices via e-mail, you will no longer receive other notifications. Once you sign up, please add email@example.com to your address book so that the notices will go directly to your inbox. The Rochester Public Library is committed to protecting your privacy and does not share e-mail addresses with third parties.
To receive these notifications, just send an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the word 'Notices' in the subject line. Please make sure to include your full name and street address in the body of the message and - you’ve got mail!
Manage my online account
You may access your online account only after you have logged in to the online library catalog. You will need your library card number and a PIN number that has been assigned by the card issuing library. After you have entered your library card number and PIN, you should see "My Account" in the dark blue bar across the top of the web page. After clicking "My Account", you will be able to review your account, renew your materials, place holds and change your password/PIN.
Place a hold
Renew my materials
Please note: Some items may not be renewed online. If the item has been renewed a number of times or if another patron has placed a hold on the item you will not be able to renew it. You will need to return it to the library. Please call the library at 534-3533 if you have further questions.
Reserve a meeting room
The library has a meeting room available for use by nonprofit community groups and nonprofit organizations. The use of meeting rooms is at the sole discretion and timing of the library.
Please read the library’s meeting room policy. All applications for use of meeting rooms must be made in person and approved by the library director.