Using the Library
Out of County Residents

The Monroe County Library System (MCLS) charges a fee for a library card issued to anyone who lives outside of the county or who does not own property within Monroe County.

In Monroe County, over 90% of costs for public library services are paid by local town, city, and county taxpayers through a mix of property and sales tax. The fee is a way of sharing library support for those who live within and outside the county.

Effective January 1, 2016 there is a $25 charge for a MCLS library card issued to anyone who lives outside of the county, or who does not own property or a business located within Monroe County.

Application for Non-Resident Library Card [PDF]

Applications and payments are accepted by mail, at the Central Library and selected libraries in Monroe County. The chart below indicates which member libraries will accept out of County card applications and payments.

Several MCLS libraries issue “restricted” cards to out-of-county residents at no charge for borrowing privileges at a specific MCLS library location. Restricted cardholders cannot use these cards at other libraries, place holds or use any digital resources (e-books, etc.) Participating libraries should be contacted directly for more information.

Questions regarding Out of County cards can be directed to the MCLS Finance Office at 585-428-8058.


Library Can accept payment Cannot accept
 Brighton X
 Brockport X
 Chili X
 East Rochester X
 Fairport X
 Gates X
 Greece X
 Hamlin X
 Henrietta X
 Irondequoit X
 Mendon (Honeoye Falls) X
 Ogden (Spencerport) X
 Parma (Hilton) X
 Penfield X
 Pittsford X
 Riga (Churchville) X
 RPL (Central & Branches) X
 Rush X
 Scottsville X
 Webster X