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Book Stores Around Rochester

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.



Sells new books.

Ampersand Books is owned and operated by Writers & Books, Rochester’s leading nonprofit literary arts center. Our intimate space boasts a curated selection of award-winning and hard-to-find fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Specialties include small press titles, texts focused on social justice, and books by local authors. 

Liftbridge Books in Brockport
Liftbridge Books in Brockport

Liftbridge Bookstore


Sells mainly new books.

Secondhand Librarian

Rochester – The Hungerford Building

Sells used books.

The Secondhand Librarian’s mission is to get as many books into as many hands that want them. Reading has subtly shifted into a classist endeavor with books costing anywhere from $12-$30.

At TSL, we make it our goal to not only produce books sustainably but to also price them in a way that is both attainable and accessible. Reading is knowledge and knowledge is power and we believe everyone should have access to that.

TSL has officially joined the Luna Co-Op, a creative and collaborative studio based in Rochester, NY.

Yesterdays Muse
Yesterday’s Muse

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

Sells used books.

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.


Various Locations

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

Plus, there is a books-only location in Webster!

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.

Sulfur Books

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

Reading & Discussion Groups

Writers and Books

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

Become a Writer

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

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?

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