Visiting Writers & Books

Many of our programs and events are offered in virtual space. To receive updates about activities and opportunities, sign up for our weekly news blast.

Hours Open to the Public as of October 8, 2021

Monday - Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 11 am - 9 pm
Friday* 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday Closed

*First Fridays:

The First Friday of every month, Writers & Books is open until 9 pm.
Come browse Ampersand's shelves and participate in a literary activity. #FirstFridayROC


Writers & Books is closed on January 1, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Weekend, and December 25.

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



Everyone entering the building is required to wear a mask, with one’s nose and mouth properly covered. No exceptions. Masks will be provided at the entrance if you do not have one. If you cannot wear a mask for any reason, please email us at to discuss how we can best serve you.

Social distancing is strongly encouraged. While waiting in line or at the bookstore counter, please keep six feet between you and the person ahead of you. 

Hand sanitizer is available at all entrances and in bathrooms. Please follow CDC recommendations and wash your hands frequently. 

Public activities are confined to the first floor, with readings and presentations held in the second-floor theatre.

Questions or concerns?

Email us at

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.