1985 Baird Road, Penfield, NY 14526
(585) 340-8720
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Wednesday: 1 PM – 7 PM
Saturday: 10 AM – 2 PM
Sunday: CLOSED
We have been open since July 13, 2020. Library materials must still be returned to our outdoor book drop.

How Curbside Pick-Up Works

  • Hours of curbside 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 curbside order, 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.


PPL Teen Book Reviews

Teen volunteers review YA books for the PPL community and beyond. Check it out here!



Journaling during COVID-19

Think back on how the pandemic changed every aspect of your life over the past year. Would you like the opportunity to collect these reflections in a book that you can share with family and friends?

If so, here is your chance. Children’s author and occupational therapist Jeanmarie Courtney has prepared a COVID-19 Journal which you can download from her website: https://JNCourtneyPublications.com. Feel free to download your copy of My Survivor’s Story/History of the COVID-19 Pandemic 2019-2020 and record your own feelings. See the sample copy on display and feel free to pick up a bookmark too.

Jeanmarie invites you to participate in this special project throughout February and March until its conclusion on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

Based on public response, the Penfield Public Library may offer a journaling program.  


"Smart Beginnings" Story Time Registration

Winter/Spring PPL Smart Beginnings Storytimes (virtual)

Registration for our virtual story times by our children’s librarians is open! Register online or by phone at 340-8720. Enjoy some at-home bonding with your child through stories, songs, and rhymes that stimulate your child’s growing mind! All classes will receive a video link once a week through April 3, 2021.

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


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 ensure 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!


Traveling Poster Exhibit

Stop by the Penfield Public Library to check out our new special poster exhibition – World War I: Lessons and Legacies which will be on display for several monthsIt examines how the Great War accelerated major changes already underway in the lives of Americans – changes that continue to impact our world today. These include the changing role of women, advancements in medical innovations, and changes in how advertising rallies public support.


This exhibit is organized by the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and the National Museum of American History, with funding from the United States World War I Centennial Commision and the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.


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!



Online Tutoring & Job Help with Brainfuse
The Penfield Public Library is proud to offer patrons access to Brainfuse, an online platform that endeavors to “connect people who want to learn with experts who love to teach”. PPL’s subscription to Brainfuse is sponsored by the Penfield Public Library Foundation. Brainfuse may be accessed within PPL itself or with a library card on any internet-enabled computer outside of PPL.

Brainfuse HelpNow
Get free online homework help from one-on-one tutors daily from 2:00 to 11:00 PM.

Brainfuse JobNow
Provides live, interactive online help combined with online resources to guide you through the necessary tasks to get a job.


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.


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.