Please note: this project is now complete and Rochester Public Library will be the contact point for future libraries and book refills. visit their site here:

The Rochester Mini Library Program promotes literacy and learning through a self-sustaining mini library network in Rochester neighborhoods.  Our vision is to grow proficient and avid readers in Rochester.  in the summer of 2015, We built and installed 40 mini libraries throughout Rochester neighborhoods to provide barrier-free access to books for children and families within walking distance of their home.  A focus of the program is on enriching youth who are not currently reached by the Rochester Public Library’s services due to geographic, language or financial barriers.

This program was created by the Leadership Greater Rochester Class of 2015, which participated in a comprehensive 10-month leadership development course led by the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce.  Leadership Greater Rochester is proud to partner with the Rochester Public Library on this program.


Did you know that the mere presence of books in the home profoundly impacts a child’s academic achievement? Increasing a child’s access to books has been proven to result in improved reading performance, an increase in reading frequency, and improved attitudes toward reading and learning.

  • 61% of low-income families have no books at all in their homes for their children (US Dept. of Education, 1996).
  • The most successful way to improve the reading achievement of low-income children is to increase their access to print (Newman et al., 2000).