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Books! 30+ Book Sellers, Groups, and Events for Rochester Bibliophiles

You can travel the world, through all of time and space, just reading books. You can live alternate lives and see through others eyes. You can learn about anything, feel every feel, think every thought. When reading a book, the destination is the journey.

Here are a few places to start your adventure without leaving the Rochester area!

Book Stores
in Monroe County

Small World Books in Rochester
Small World Books in Rochester

Small World Books

Rochester – North St.

Sells mainly used books. Hosts a robust calendar of book, music and community events.

Corner Book Store Fairport
Corner Book Store in Fairport

Corner Bookstore


The Corner Bookstore is a venture of the Friends of the Fairport Library. The store’s inventory of gently used and collectible books donated by the local community are modestly priced. Proceeds support library programs. Volunteers staff the store.


Henrietta – Jefferson Rd

Bookends is a general used book store.

Liftbridge Books in Brockport
Liftbridge Books in Brockport

Liftbridge Bookstore


Sells mainly new books

Yesterday’s Muse


Specializes in antiquarian, collectible, secondhand books, and book repairs. Also sells books online. Owner Jonathan Smalter is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA), and former vice president of the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA).

Greenwood Books
Greenwood Books

Greenwood Books

Rochester – East Ave

Since 1998, Greenwood Books has provided Rochester with used fiction & non-fiction. Stop by for updates on sales, special events, and book offerings.

Before Your Quiet Eyes


Before Your Quiet Eyes is a used and rare bookstore that also sells art, photography and ephemera and hosts readings and art exhibits.

Ricks Recycled Books
Rick’s Recycled Books in Rochester

Rick’s Recycled Books


Sells mainly used books.

Barnes & Noble

Various Locations

Sells mainly new books.



Sells mainly used books that have been donated, along with clothes, furniture, home goods, etc.

Snow is falling and books are calling
Snow is falling and books are calling


Various Locations

Sells mainly used books that have been donated, along with clothes, furniture, home goods, etc.

Salvation Army

Various Locations

Sells mainly used books that have been donated, along with clothes, furniture, home goods, etc.

Book Stores
outside Monroe County

The Dog Eared Book


New, used & rare books, specializing in used books in great condition. A unique selection of literary themed gifts such as socks, candles and soaps.

White Paw Books & Curiosities


In addition to new and used books, they carry a variety of antiques, locally made art, gift items, and games. Will special- and pre-order books.

Books, ETC.


Specializes in new and used books, with a robust calendar of book, music, and community events.

Explore the Book Store!

Clifton Springs

Specializing in new and used books. There has been a bookstore at this location for over 100 years.

“That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.”

Jhumpa Lahiri in The Namesake
Monroe Branch Library
Monroe Branch Library has a TARDIS elevator


Stop into one of our 32 Monroe County Libraries

Visit a library book sale

Give and receive from a Little Free Library

“I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”

Jane Austen in Pride and Prejudice

Book Fairs & Events

MAY 2, 2020 Free Comic Book Day

MAY TBD, 2020 Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival

OCT 19, 2019 Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair

NOV 2, 2019 Rochester Children’s Book Festival

“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a book.”

J.K. Rowling
Writers and Books

Reading & Discussion Groups

Writers & Books

Rochester Reads

Meet Up


Monroe County Library System

As the Page Turns Greece Library

Rochester Academy of Medicine 1441 Book Club

League of Women Voters

How to start a book club

Resources for Book Groups

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”

Ray Bradbury in Fahrenheit 45
If you don't see the book you want on the shelf, write it - Beverly Cleary
If you don’t see the book you want on the shelf, write it – Beverly Cleary

Learn to Write

Take a class with Writers & Books

And, check out their Gell Writers Retreat to really focus in on your craft.

105 Resources for Rochester Day Trip Inspiration

This is where it all began: searching libraries, bookstores, travel information racks, the Internet, and friend’s experiences for Rochester day trip inspiration.

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32 Monroe County Libraries

Signing up for a free library card gives you access to all 32 Monroe County libraries in towns, villages, the city, and Central Library.

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Where is your favorite place to find new or used books?

Do you have a favorite Rochester-area book or author?

Share your thoughts with us in the comments. Your insight and experience is invaluable!


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