Grada Hopeman Gelser Library

The Strong is one of only a handful of museums in the nation to offer guests a circulating library. This program is made possible in part through a special partnership with the Rochester Public Library and the larger Monroe County Library System. Children’s books, at all reading levels, can be found throughout the museum in book nooks housed among the exhibits.

Library desk check out

Library Hours

The Grada Hopeman Gelser Library is open during regular museum hours.
Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Borrow and Return

With books selected to complement the museum’s outstanding exhibits, the museum’s child-focused library offers guests who have a Monroe County Library System card the opportunity to enrich their museum experience by borrowing books to read at home. Books may be checked out at the Grada Hopeman Gelser Library desk, located on the museum’s first floor opposite the Field of Play exhibit. Books may be returned at the museum or at any public library branch in the system.

Museum librarians have compiled a list of favorite children’s books— ideal for early, intermediate, and advanced readers—that match the five literary landscapes in Reading Adventureland.

20 for 20 Challenge

Join the 20 for 20 Book Challenge! In honor of the Gelser Library’s 20th anniversary, the museum is challenging guests to check out and read a collective 20,000 books during the year. Pick up a bookmark tally sheet at The Strong's Gelser Library desk and use it to record the title of books checked-out from the museum. After checking out 20 books and returning them, guests can submit the completed sheet at the Gelser Library desk and be entered in a quarterly drawing for a $20 gift card to the museum’s shop.

The 20 for 20 Book Challenge will continue through December 31, 2019.

For New Readers

New readers are encouraged to apply for a library card at the museum's Grada Hopeman Gelser Library desk.

For Parents, Caregivers, Educators, and Others Interested in Play

Resources that consider the role of play in learning and human development and its impact on cultural history are available at the Play Fare bookshelf near the Grada Hopeman Gelser Library desk.

The Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, located on The Strong's third floor, is a non-circulating, multidisciplinary research repository devoted to the intellectual, social, and cultural history of play. Scholars, students, collectors, and other researchers are welcome to conduct research by appointment.