Visiting Writers & Books

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January – June & September – December

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 11 am – 5 pm
Thursday: 3 pm – 8 pm
Sunday – Tuesday: Closed

Summer Hours, July -August

Wednesday – Saturday: 11 am – 5 pm
Sunday – Tuesday: Closed


January 1; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; Memorial Day; Juneteenth; Independence Day; September 2 – 7, 2024; Indigenous Peoples Day; Thanksgiving Weekend, and December 25.

In case of weather emergencies, closings are posted on 13wham.

Protocols For Visiting

Masking is optional and strongly encouraged if you are feeling unwell. Masks are available on site. Please follow CDC recommendations and wash your hands frequently. Hand sanitizer is available at all entrances and in bathrooms.

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Our 740 University Avenue building is equipped with a lift and elevators to provide full wheelchair accessibility.

Accessible parking is available in our lot at the rear of the building.

To request accommodation, email us at at least 10 days prior to the program or event you plan to attend.


An accessible parking lot is located behind our building, facing Atlantic Avenue. You may enter the lot either via Atlantic Avenue or via the driveway off 740 University Avenue (next to the big pencil).

Additional parking spots are available along the driveway.

The Neighborhood

Writers & Books is located in Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts (NOTA), home to many notable arts and cultural organizations and businesses— Scents by DesignThe George Eastman MuseumMemorial Art GalleryAnderson Alley, and Visual Studies Workshop, to name a few. NOTA also boasts a number of popular restaurants, including EdiblesThe Gate HouseNox Lounge, and more.