News/Press Releases


Director Search Consultant – The Rochester Public Library (RPL) and Monroe County Library System (MCLS) Boards of Trustees seek a qualified executive search firm or independent consultant to submit a proposal to conduct a recruitment campaign for the position of Library Director. We are seeking proposals from providers qualified and experienced in conducting executive-level searches for leadership positions. Experience in searches for directors of large, urban library systems, familiarity with the Rochester metropolitan region, and familiarity with library systems in New York State are preferred qualifications but not required.

Proposals must be submitted online to Debi Mansour at by 5:00 pm on February 28 to be considered. Proposals received after the stated date and time will not be considered.


Monroe County residents no longer need to stand by helplessly when someone suffers cardiac arrest. They can now learn to save lives with CPR from the comfort of their own homes. Hands-Only CPR training kits are available to borrow from select Monroe County Libraries.

Thanks to a collaboration from the American Heart Association, UR Medicine, and the Monroe County Library System, learning Hands-Only CPR can happen in the comfort of home, office, or classroom.

A Press conference to announce the availability of at-home Hands-Only CPR training kits will be taking place on Thursday, November 2nd at 11:30 am in the Science department on the 3rd floor of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County’s Bausch & Lomb Building at 115 South Avenue, Rochester NY 14604.

Our region has some of the lowest bystander-performed CPR rates in the country. This has a profound negative effect on our community and its health. The American Heart Association, Monroe County Library System, and UR Medicine are looking to improve access to Hands-Only CPR training for the Rochester and Monroe County region. By improving access to training, we hope to see an improvement in our bystander CPR rates and, ultimately, in patient survival and outcomes following cardiac arrest.

Additionally, a Hands-Only CPR training kiosk has been at the Central Library for a few weeks with patrons and library staff aiming for high scores while they develop and hone their Hands-Only CPR skills. The unit includes a touchscreen with a video program to provide brief training followed by a practice session and a 30-second test. It has a built-in, rubber torso, or manikin, to guide proper hand placement as well as compression rate and depth. It offers real-time feedback to strengthen the technique.

The Hand-Only CPR kits are available to be checked out and returned at any public library in Monroe County, just as with other library materials.

CPR Kit Contents:
· 1 red manikin bag,
· 1 adult, inflatable manikin
· laminated instruction sheet Website: Other Training Resources:

Check out our Library Catalog to see where you can borrow a Hands-Only CPR Kit  


Get in Your Element this Fall with a Library Card

ROCHESTER, NY – — September is Library Card Sign-up Month when the Monroe County Library System joins the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to remind everyone about the valuable resources available with a library card.

From borrowing books, ebooks, and audiobooks to getting homework help, learning new skills, or attending a book club or story time, a library card helps everyone do more of what they enjoy, all without stretching their budget.

Interested in trying a new hobby? Your library can help with programs and how-to guides. Thinking about starting or growing a small business? The Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County offers extensive web-based market research and investment analysis subscriptions for public use, as well as specialized market research and financial investment data sources.
There is something for everyone at Monroe County Libraries and signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning for students. It’s elemental, really—everyone should have one!

To sign up for a library card or to learn more about the library’s resources and programs, please visit
Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, the ALA and libraries work together in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for their own library card.

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.

Contact: Jennifer Smathers
Monroe County Library System


Sumérgete en tu elemento este otoño con una tarjeta de la biblioteca

ROCHESTER, NY – — Septiembre es el Mes de Inscripción para la Tarjeta de la Biblioteca cuando el Sistema de Bibliotecas del Condado de Monroe se une a la Asociación de Bibliotecas de los Estados Unidos (ALA) y las bibliotecas de todo el país para recordarles a todos los ciudadanos de los valiosos recursos disponibles con una tarjeta de la biblioteca.

La tarjeta de la biblioteca nos ayuda a hacer más de lo que disfrutamos, desde prestamos de libros convencionales, electrónicos y audiolibros hasta obtención de ayuda con las tareas escolares, el aprendizaje de nuevas habilidades ola participación en club de lectura o de la hora del cuento. Y todo sin afectar nuestro presupuesto.

¿Interesado en probar un nuevo pasatiempo? Su biblioteca puede ayudarle con programas y guías prácticas. ¿Está pensando en iniciar o dar impulso a una pequeña empresa? La Biblioteca Central de Rochester y el Condado de Monroe te ofrece amplias suscripciones de investigación de mercado y análisis de inversiones basadas en la web para uso público, así como fuentes de datos especializadas de investigación de mercado e inversión financiera.

Hay algo para todos en las bibliotecas del condado de Monroe. La inscripción para obtener la tarjeta de biblioteca es el primer paso en el camino hacia el éxito académico y el aprendizaje permanente de los estudiantes. Es elemental, realmente, todos deberíamos tener una.!

Si estas interesado en inscribirte para obtener una tarjeta de la biblioteca, o para más información sobre los recursos y programas de la biblioteca, visita

Desde 1987, el Mes de Inscripción de la Tarjeta de la Biblioteca se ha celebrado cada septiembre para marcar el comienzo del curso escolar. Durante el mes, ALA y las bibliotecas colaboran en una iniciativa nacional para garantizar que cada niño se inscriba y obtenga su propia tarjeta de la biblioteca.

El Sistema de Bibliotecas del Condado de Monroe (MCLS) es una asociación de bibliotecas públicas independientes que colaboran conjuntamente para la mejorara de los servicios bibliotecarios para los residentes del Condado de Monroe. El MCLS fue fundado por la Junta de Regentes del Estado de Nueva York en 1954 y está dirigido por una junta directiva designada por la Legislatura del Condado de Monroe. Los miembros de MCLS incluyen las bibliotecas de dieciséis ciudades, dos aldeas, un distrito escolar y la ciudad de Rochester. Cada miembro biblioteca miembro se rige por una junta directiva independiente y se financia con los impuestos locales.

Contacto: Jennifer Smathers
Monroe County Library System


Deep Search feature & Notify Me tags are now available in MCLS’s Libby Collection

MCLS now offers a new feature in Libby that helps you find all the content you’re looking for, even if it’s not yet in our digital collection.
In Libby, there are two ways to discover titles that are not yet in our digital collection:

  1. If you search for a title, author, or series and it returns no results, Libby will automatically expand into a “deep search” to display relevant titles that are not yet in our collection.
  2. If you run a search that returns fewer than 100 results, you can tap the filter button ( Icon Description automatically generated with medium confidence) to manually enable “deep search.”
    From the expanded search, you will see relevant results with a Notify Me option. Tap Notify Me to tag titles and be notified if they are added to our library’s digital collection in the future.


2022-2023 Amerks Reading Power Play Program

The Rochester Americans and the Monroe County Library System are once again partnering to provide the “Reading Power Play”, which teams Amerks players with local public librarians in support of reading. The popular program returns for its 17th season in 2022-23 and is presented exclusively by Wendy’s…