The Monroe County Library System in the Rochester, New York area includes 20 public libraries throughout Monroe County, including the Rochester Public Library, which encompasses the Central Library in downtown Rochester and 10 branch libraries throughout Rochester. The Central Library in Rochester, which serves as the hub of the Monroe County Library System, receives funding from both the Rochester Public Library and Monroe County. Some member libraries outside of the city of Rochester include Chili, Fairport, Irondequoit, Henrietta and Pittsford.
The member libraries of the Monroe County Library System provide services to their local area independently and receive support from local taxes. The system provides additional services to its members including a computerized catalog and circulation system, technical services, interlibrary loan, selection and purchasing lists, and Internet access. An 11-member board of trustees oversees the operation of the system, which receives funds from the county.
Participation in the Monroe County Library System as a borrower requires a library card. Patrons obtain cards at any of the member libraries with proof of identity and address. This provides access to books, magazines, music, DVDs and other materials through interlibrary loan. Member libraries host many events that are open to the public, such as teen events, small business development programs, informational insurance and tax programs, literary contests and cultural programs.