Library FAQs

Q: What are the library's hours?

A: The library maintains a regular schedule of hours:

Mondays through Thursdays 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Fridays 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sundays* 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
(*October 1st through April 30th)

Q: How do I get a library card?

A: You may register for a library card with proper identification and it may be used at any Monroe County Public Library.

  • A current library card in good standing is required to borrow materials. Picture ID, along with proof of your current address is needed to obtain a card.
  • Patrons residing outside of Monroe County may obtain a library card for a $25 annual fee.
  • Fairport organizations may request a library card for their group.
  • Library cards are renewed annually. All financial obligations, including fines and/or lost books, processing fees, etc. must be paid before the renewal occurs. If a library card is lost or damaged, the replacement cost is $1.  Picture ID, along with proof of your current address is needed to renew a library card.
  • The signature of a parent or guardian is required on a registration form when children in 6th grade or younger request a library card. Since New York State law protects the confidentiality of library patrons’ financial and circulation records, patrons should use their own cards exclusively.

Q: How do I borrow library materials?

A: All materials at the Fairport Public Library may be borrowed free of charge.

  • Materials should be returned before the library closes on the date they are due. Receipts listing the due dates for all items borrowed are given every time you check out. Stickers imprinted with “Library Books Due Today” are available at the circulation desk for you to take home and put on your calendar.
  • Book drops may be used for all library materials except framed prints. There are 2 book drops: one in the atrium in the lower level of the Village Landing (only accessible during hours of operation); and one by the Library’s Main Street entrance.
  • Materials returned after the due dates are considered “overdue” and a fine begins accruing against each item immediately. Fines stop accruing when the item is renewed, returned, or the maximum fine is reached.
  • It is possible to renew some materials online, or over the phone by calling 223-9091 during open library hours.  Please have your Library Card number ready for either renewal method.
  • If you receive an overdue notice and you believe the item has been returned, please call the library and speak to the circulation staff.
  • If fines or charges exceed $5.00, borrowing privileges are suspended until the amount is reduced.
  • Borrowers are responsible for the replacement cost of materials that are lost or damaged while out on loan as well as a non-refundable $5.00 processing fee.
  • Holds may be placed on items currently checked out or requested from another library for a fee of $.50.
  • There is a $20.00 fee for returned checks.
  • Materials from other libraries, even if borrowed at Fairport, are subject to the loan period and fine schedule of the OWNING library.

Q: Can the library send notices to my email account?

A: Sign up for the Monroe County Library System's Email Notification:

  • You will be sent an email when your hold is ready for pick up.
  • You will get a courtesy reminder three days before the due date on all your library items.
  • You will receive an email if you have something overdue.

A few reminders about email notices:

  • Once you sign up for email notices, you will not receive phone calls or paper notices. Be sure the email account you select is one that you check regularly.
  • Spam filters might catch some of these emails so please allow messages from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • It's very easy to cancel these emails as well. Just follow the instructions in the message or call the library at 585-223-9091.

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Q: Does the library have exam proctoring services?

A: Library staff may be available to proctor different types of exams for students. Please click here to download the guidelines and application. For more information, please call the Information Desk at 585-223-9091.