We try our best to keep the rules simple:

  1. Here are the loan periods for library material: Books, Audio Books, Kits, Magazines = 2 weeks; DVDs, Music CDs, and video games = 1 week; Equipment (wifi hotspots, MOBY kits, telescope, etc.) + 1 week, no renewals; Museum Passes = 1 day.
  2. All library material may be checked out on any library card, regardless of the age of the cardholder with the exception of museum passes which may only be checked out on an adult’s library card.
  3. Patrons may check out 20 items per card. There is a limit of five DVDs and video games per card.
  4. Items, except for equipment and museum passes, will be automatically renewed twice, unless there are Holds on the item, or you have fines over $10. If you are receiving emails or text messages from SAILS, you will be alerted when your item has been renewed. You may still renew in person or by phone during library hours, or via our online catalog, Enterprise, at You should have your card with you when you renew items. Those with personal devices can download the SAILS app, a free app, which will allow you to check your account, renew items, place holds, or pay fines with debit or credit card.
  5. Reference and historical material are available for use in the library only.
  6. Any Rochester resident is entitled to a library card. Children under 13 need the approval of a parent. When applying for a card, all applicants must provide proof of address.
  7. Library fines will be charged when library materials are overdue. The rate for most items is $.10 cents per day for the days we are open. Fines on video games and DVD’s are $.50 per day. The maximum fine is $4.00 per item.
  8. For more information, view the behavior policy here.

Computers & the Internet

  1. Patrons may reserve computer time in advance if they wish. During periods of heavy computer use, the library reserves the right to limit use to 1 hour if others are waiting.
  2. The library provides free access to the Internet. All users must sign in at the desk before using the public computers. Signing in assumes that you will abide by the library’s rules for using the Internet. The library is NOT responsible for the content or quality of material found on the Internet. Users who are unable to abide by the rules set forth in the user agreement form will be denied further access to the library’s computer resources. Click here to view Internet Use Policy

Unattended Children in the Library

The library welcomes children of all ages, and hopes that they will take advantage of the many programs and services the library has to offer. Parents should be aware that children under the age of 10 should not be left unattended in the library for any period of time. Children & young adults who are allowed to spend time by themselves at the library should be picked up at least 15 minutes prior to the closing of the library.  If they are not picked up by closing, the Rochester Police will be called. Click here to view the unattended children policy.