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Hours & Location

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Library Hours

The library building is currently CLOSED. Click here for more information.

Staff are available via phone, text, chat, and email during the following hours:

Monday - Sunday: 9AM - 9PM

Directions to the Library

Rochester Public Library is located at:

101 2nd Street SE
Rochester, MN 55904

on the corner of 2nd Street SE and Civic Center Drive SE in downtown Rochester, one block east of Broadway. We are located directly across the street from the Mayo Civic Center.

2020 Road Construction

  • Ongoing sewer upgrades will impact pedestrian and vehicle traffic surrounding the Library throughout 2019.
  • For current information about accessing the Library during construction, please visit our construction page

2020 Holiday Closings

Jan 1 New Year's Day
Jan 20 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Feb 17 President's Day
May 25 Memorial Day
Jul 3 & 4 Independence Day
Sep 7 Labor Day
Nov 11 Veteran's Day
Nov 26 Thanksgiving
Dec 24 Christmas Eve (closing @ 1:30pm)
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 31 New Year's Eve (closing @ 1:30pm)

Skyway Access

The library is connected to the skyway system in Rochester and accessible from many hotels and businesses downtown. Please be aware that the only public entrance/exit to the library is at the ground level (and can be reached at the end of the skyway). There is both an elevator and stairs for traveling between the skyway and ground levels.

Parking Ramps

There are several different parking ramps in downtown Rochester for parking near the library. The Civic Center Parking Ramp is the closest to the library building (you can enter it from First Avenue SE). Parking at this ramp is free if you are in and out within one hour. Parking is also free after 5 pm and all day on weekends if you enter and exit during free time. At other times there is an hourly charge for parking.

Street Parking

  • There are a number of 2-hour parking spots of the third level of the parking ramp which provide direct access to the skyway and library.
  • Handicapped parking spots are located on the third level of the parking ramp and on the street directly in front of the library's entrance on 2nd Street SE.
  • Street parking and metered parking are also available near the library.

Bus Lines and Bike Trails

Rochester Public Library is accessible by Rochester Public Transit. The library is just two blocks from the downtown transit arrival and departure spots on Second Street S.W. Bus schedules can be obtained from a bus driver or at the Transit Information Centers on Second Street S.W. between First and Second Avenues. For route information call 328.7433. 

The library is also near many Downtown Rochester City Bike trails (PDF).

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