1985 Baird Road, Penfield, NY 14526
(585) 340-8720
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday: CLOSED
We’re reopening Monday, July 13. Library materials must still be returned to our outdoor book drop.
PPL will be closed all day Friday, November 6 for staff training.

Penfield Public Library is changing curbside pick-up services beginning Tuesday, September 8

How Curbside Pick-Up Works

  • Hours of service: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 12 PM-5:30 PM; Wednesday, 3 PM-6:30 PM.
  • Call (585) 340-8720 to submit a request for items to be picked up the same day no later than 2 hours before our curbside pickup service closes for the day.  Please request no more than five items at a time, and make only one request per day to insure all requests can be satisfied.  You may also submit a request using our online form.
  • You may claim your items at any time during the specified hours of service that same day.  Items not picked up will be returned to the shelves.
  • To pick up your requested items, call or text 585-313-3520 to let us know you are here to pick up your requested material.  Proceed into the lobby of the Community Center wearing a mask, and a staff member will meet you there with your items.


Effective Thursday, September 10, donations will be accepted at the back of the library (door next to trailer) on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Donors should ring the doorbell to alert Sorting Room staff to their presence.  Donations must be put into the custody of Sorting Room staff, not just dropped off.


Book Shelf

PPL Board of Trustees Opening

Are you enthusiastic to better the library? Would you like to support the library’s mission in our community? Learn more about what the Board of Trustees does to see if it may be right for you! Applications should be received by November 4, 2020 and may be mailed or submitted electronically as directed in the application.


Practice SAT

Saturday, October 24, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

For grades 9-12. Take an official, full-length test under proctored conditions in the comfort of your own home or other quiet location and find out your score as soon as you are done! Learn more & register.


Activity Calendars for Kids & Students

If you’re looking for some inspiration for projects to do with your child or young student, these nifty calendars have some great ideas that tie in with every day of the month! Check out the October calendars for early literacy activities and children’s activities.


Stop by the Penfield Public Library to check out our special poster exhibition – “Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence” set up this month to commemorate the centennial of women’s suffrage on August 26th. The exhibit will continue throughout December to coincide with the four part Reading and Discussion series on “Votes for Women” which will begin on September 16th and continue monthly until December 16th. Penfield Public Library was pleased to receive a grant from Humanities New York to conduct this program which will be facilitated by Daphne H. Bruce of Roberts Wesleyan College. Registration is required for this program and began on August 19th. A link will be emailed to you upon registration.

This exhibit, organized by the Smithsonian Exhibition Service in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery, received support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.


Access on Demand

New On-Demand Video Streaming Services

Penfield Public Library is proud to now offer access to Access Video on Demand: Master Collection and Access Video on Demand: Just for Kids to our patrons! Find out more about all the options available to you and your family through this platform.


FoPPL Ongoing Sale

Friends of the PPL Book Sale

The Friends of the Penfield Public Library is pleased to announce that their Used Book Display is not only open but has been enlarged to include more fiction, a shelf with children’s books, and another shelf with young adult books.
With the Friends’ annual September sale having to be canceled because of COVID-19, we hope that you will visit the display often!
Located on the walls behind the copier, the books are available during library hours.
Thank you!

Did you know that whenever you shop on Amazon, you can benefit the library at the same time? Log into smile.amazon.com. You will be prompted to select a benefitting organization. We hope you’ll choose Penfield Public Library Foundation. You may then shop as usual and 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible items will be donated to your designated nonprofit organization!


“The Library is accessible to all, including those patrons with sensory or mobility challenges. We offer devices and installations to assist challenged patrons to enjoy our programs and services. To find out more, visit the Library or call (585) 340-8720.”

You’ll be the first to know about upcoming programs at Penfield Public Library when you subscribe to our monthly library program email newsletter. Every issue contains a link to register for programs online.


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Reopening to the Public

Our services and hours are limited. Please see this infographic to learn the services we will offer and the cooperation we will need from our visitors to insure staff and patron safety.

Returning Your Items

Our outdoor bookdrop remains open 24/7, so you may return your items at your leisure. Please keep track of your items’ due dates as we have transitioned back to normal operation due dates.

Items returned to PPL via our bookdrop undergo a mandatory quarantine period that requires a minimum of 72 hours to complete, after which your items will be discharged from your account. You will not be charged overdue fees for the days your items are in quarantine even if your account lists those items as overdue.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the above, please feel free to call us during hours of service at 340-8720. Thank you!


Sash Memorial

Sash Memorial

October 16-October 27

A community art project that commemorates the act of voting and honors those who fight for voting rights (wornexhibition.com). This event coincides with the Humanities New York “Votes for Women!” series. Participants may stop by the library and pick up a special kit to make a unique sash honoring a specific person or a special hope for the future. The banners will be assembled into a collective monument for the exhibition, “Worn”, at Hobart and William Smith College opening November 3-30. Bulk sash kits will be available at the Information Desk starting Friday, October 16. One kit per person; teens are also welcome to participate. Please return the sash kits to the Information Desk no later than Tuesday, October 27 so they can be mailed out on October 28 to Hobart and William Smith College. A second display of sashes is scheduled for February/March 2021. No registration required.


Teen Trivia via Zoom: Monsters & Mythical Creatures

Tuesday, October 27, 4:00-4:45 PM

For grades 6-12. Show off your knowledge of monsters and mythical creatures at this month’s Teen Trivia event. Register here


Early Bird Senior Access

Early Bird Senior Access

We are happy to open our doors early to our senior citizen patrons on Wednesdays from 12-1 PM beginning October 7. All mask and social distance requirements must still be met and we look forward to serving you!


Homework Help

We have a number of excellent books in our special Literacy collection which will help you with your academic assignments. You can find information on the vaccination debate, the ebola outbreak, and other science-oriented topics. Check out biographies of Andrew Jackson, Ben Franklin, Eleanor Roosevelt, and other historical, sports, and popular-culture figures. For social issues, take a look at titles on racism, sexism, politics, community resources, immigration, the opioid crisis, and the media. Animal lovers can choose books on habitats, extinction, and predators. Those with an eye to the future have a choice of books on topics like artificial intelligence, hybrid and electric vehicles, fuel cells, space exploration, and STEM careers.

Please ask at the Information Desk for additional help in selecting resources to make it easier to complete your assignments. You may call us at (585) 340-8720 or stop in during the library’s open hours.


"Smart Beginnings" Story Time Registration

PPL Smart Beginnings Storytimes

Registration for our virtual storytimes by our children’s librarians is open! Enjoy some at-home bonding with your child through stories, songs, and rhymes that stimulate your child’s growing mind! All classes share videos through December 4, 2020.

Baby StorytimeMonday-Saturday, infants & pre-walkers

Wee Walkers: Monday-Saturday, ages 12-23 months

Terrific Twos: Monday-Saturday, ages 24-36 months

Preschool Story Time: Monday-Saturday, ages 3-5


Votes for Women Display

Votes for Women! NY Humanities Reading & Discussion Program

Wednesdays, Oct. 21, Nov. 18, & Dec. 15 from 7:00-8:30 PM (virtual)

2020 marks the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote! Daphne H. Bruce of Roberts Wesleyan College will facilitate this four-part series that focuses on the history of the women’s suffrage movement in both NY State and our nation spanning 70 years. Registration opens Wednesday, August 19 – a link will be emailed to you upon registration. Please register early to ensure copies of books are available for you.  Register here



BookBrowse: Your Guide to Exceptional Books

Penfield Public Library now offers our members free access to BookBrowse.com, a leading book recommendation and review website. BookBrowse believes that the very best books entertain, uplift, and educate. They wrap us in their world, giving us a window into the lives of others or a mirror to reflect on ourselves. These are the books you’ll find on BookBrowse.

Some of BookBrowse’s content is publicly available, but many premium features are accessible only by subscription. Library patrons can now use their library card to access members-only content!


Wireless Access
We now offer wireless printing! Whether inside or outside the library, just go to http://www.printeron.net/ppl/main , upload your document, then pick it up using our document station. Our station will remember your document for 3 days.  The cost is 15¢ per black and white side and $1.00 per color side.