Brighton Memorial Library was founded in 1953 by Dorothy Cumpston, Leroy C. Percy, Jean C. McCurdy, Philip M. Liebschutz and Charles G. Rittenhouse. A group of independent citizens, they were dedicated to bringing excellence in public library service to the Brighton community. On May 25, 1973, following Brighton Library’s twenty years of growth and professional development, the New York State Board of Regents officially established it as a public library corporation by granting an absolute charter. The Library Trustees were vested with all the powers, duties and responsibilities of the corporation.


Brighton Memorial Library provides all the public services required by law and tradition under its Absolute Charter from the New York State Board of Regents and serves as the community’s cultural center. 


The Library is Brighton’s gathering place providing information access for the entire community while promoting lifelong learning and enrichment for all to enjoy.


Brighton Memorial Library is committed to preserving the highest values in the following areas: 

Customer Service
  To provide timely quality service with courtesy, accuracy and resourcefulness
  To sustain the highest quality of staff through recruitment, training and support
  To maintain a safe environment that fosters openness, trust and diversity
  To continue ongoing evaluation of the needs of the community to ensure continuous improvement in library services
  To advocate for the Library, its staff and services
  To value everyone regardless of age, race, gender, religion or sexual orientation



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2300 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester NY 14618
Tel. (585) 784-5300 - TDD (585) 585-5302