Visiting Writers & Books

While our doors are closed due to COVID-19, the majority of our programs and events are being offered in virtual space. To receive updates about  activities and opportunities, sign up for our weekly news blast.

740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607


See Contact Us for more.


Monday & Tuesday 11 am – 5 pm
Wednesday & Thursday 11 am – 9 pm
Friday* 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday 10 am – 2 pm
Sunday Closed

*First Fridays

The First Friday of every month, Writers & Books is open until 9 pm.
Come browse our bookstore shelves (on First Fridays, your purchase receives a 5% -15% discount); pick up a newsletter; tour our historic Claude Bragdon building; and participate in a curated activity or experience unique to that night. #FirstFridayROC


Writers & Books is closed on January 1, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Weekend, and December 25.

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


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—The Baobob Cultural Center, The George Eastman Museum, Memorial Art Gallery, Anderson Alley, and Visual Studies Workshop, to name a few. NOTA also boasts a number of popular restaurants, including Edibles, The Gate House, Nox Lounge, and more.