Rochester: Locus for Learning

More than just books

Rochester offers a superb library system, with libraries located in ten of our neighborhoods and the Rundel Library right in Center City. Take a class, borrow a toy, research a new hobby, find a job opportunity, the list of things you can do at the library is endless!

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On July 1, 2016 the Rochester Public Library Reynolds Media Center started a new online service through Midwest Tapes called Hoopla.

Hoopla brings thousands of movies, full music albums, audiobooks, comics and more to patrons through an easy to download and use app or on their computer. Simple to access and use, without the hassle of having to return the items you’ve borrowed. With the app, patrons can download the content to their device and watch later when away from Wi-Fi access.

This service is available to all Rochester Public Library card holders living in the City of Rochester.  Videos are a 3 day loan, Music albums are a 7 day loan and audiobooks, comics etc. are 21 days. Patrons may borrow up to 7 items per calendar month.

All content is accessible via hoopla digital’s mobile app and online at

Get a good start

Rochester is known for its educated population, and for its many, many fine learning institutions and opportunities. The Rochester City School District encompasses many forward-thinking, accomplished schools and programs such as School of the Arts, Wilson Magnet, School Without Walls, the expeditionary learning curriculum at School of Inquiry, International Baccalaureate and MAP programs, and more. In addition, the city offers many quality charter, private, and parochial schools such as the Genesee Community Charter School, St. John Neumann School, and the Aquinas Institute.

Rochester is also nationally recognized for its early childhood and pre-school education programs.

Looking for Higher Ed?

Within the city limits are top-tier institutions of higher education—like the University of Rochester and its internationally renowned Medical Center and Eastman School of Music. Also in Center City alongside nationally renowned Monroe Community College’s Damon Campus is the urban satellite campus for SUNY’s Brockport College. Rochester is indeed a college town.

Looking for something extra-special?

We boast an incredible array of special and specialized/unique education opportunities, such as the Hochstein School of Music; Draper Center for Dance Education; Onondaga School of Massage; Colgate Rochester Divinity School; George Eastman House photographic preservation and collections management, photograph conservation and motion picture preservation higher education programs; and the renowned Rochester School for the Deaf.


Check out our photographic journey to some of the above places (and some surprises too).