The JCC deeply values the "People of the Book's" commitment to reading and life-long learning. As such, we maintain many separate library spaces within our building.
The Feinbloom Library at the JCC - located in the TechAge Learning Center near Sitter Service - maintains a diverse selection of Jewish-themed fiction and nonfiction books for adults and teens. The Library is open Monday-Friday, 12-2pm, and by appointment. There is also a public catalog hosted by www.librarything.com, where users can see the availability of a book in our library. Both JCC members and non members may check out books from this traditional lending library.
The Resource Place has a new lending library! This beautiful annex of the Feinbloom Library is open during regular JCC hours. Stop by and check out our great collection of Jewish-themed fiction, biographies, history, Judaic, and books on Israel, the Holocaust, and more.
Our Yiddish Culture Center - located across from the Main Desk - contains a truly extensive collection of Yiddish-language and Yiddish-themed books, many of which are signed by their authors, as well as a collection of Yiddish-language books on tape, and Yiddish-language and themed films. Much of the collection comes from the library of Israel Emiot, a famous Yiddish poet and author who worked here at the Rochester JCC as our "author in residence" for much of the 1970s. In addition to the library we offer multiple levels of Yiddish Language Instruction each week, taught by a Yiddish Book Center translator. Although this is not a lending library, we welcome community members to enjoy browsing our collection in this special space.
The Janice S. Birbaum Children's Library - located in Sitter Services - maintains a wonderful selection of Jewish and non-Jewish children's books. Although this is not a lending library, we encourage children and families to enjoy this great collection during Sitter Service hours.
The JCC also has an extensive archive of Jewish Rochester. A huge thank you to Phyllis Kasdin for meticulously maintaining this archive for so many years. We are happy to help community members access the archive and find items of interest by appointment.
Please note that book donations are not being accepted at this time. We appreciate your understanding.