Space Rentals

740 University Ave Rentals

Functional, flexible spaces. Literary ambiance.  

Whether you’re looking to hold a meeting, host a book launch, lead a play rehearsal, or deliver an event entirely your own, Writers & Books has a space for you in the heart of Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts. 

Contact us about hosting your special event.

Chris Fanning, Director of Communications & Special Events: or 585.473.2590 ext 104.

We offer:

Fully accessible building

Variety of options for room set-up

Access to our bookstore

Off-street parking

Galley kitchen 

Flexible rental times  

Free wifi and access to projector system

We host:

Group meetings

Play read-throughs and rehearsals

Book launches

Discussion groups


And more


Classroom: Our three classrooms are ideal for group meetings and small gatherings. We provide tables, chairs, and high tops for flexible set-up.  

Atrium: Glass-enclosed on three sides, with a vaulted ceiling, this intimate room accommodates 30 standing or 20 seated. Tables, chairs, and high tops are provided as needed. This space is available outside of regular business hours. 

Theater: Our intimate theater is used for everything from readings, to read-throughs, performances, and presentations. The stage area is roughly 16′ by 16′; maximum capacity is 70. Tech includes:

  • Theater lights: 8 controllable PAR lights (two trees of 4)
  • Dimmable track lighting above stage
  • Sound system
  • 2 microphones
  • 2 speakers
  • 8-channel mixer
  • Large pull-down screen


  Atrium (Non-Business Hours) Theatre Classroom
Two Hours $150 $150 $100
Half-Day (4 Hours) $250 $250 $175
Full-Day (8 Hours) $450 $450 $300


Ask about renting multiple spaces for your event !

NOTE* The above rates apply during regular business hours. A $50/hour fee for staff coverage is added for rentals during non-business hours.

Nonprofit rate: 25% Discount

Reserve Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat

Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat is a unique and scenic rental space with three facilities — the Gell House, the Gleason Lodge, and the Thoreau Cabin. During the summer months very sturdy canvas tents are set up for guests to enjoy.

Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat is closed during the winter months, and re-opens in early April for another exciting year to host your event! Reservations are based on space availability.

For more information about Gell, and to book your next rental contact Kathy Pottetti at (585) 473-2690 x103 or email