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.

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 experience by borrowing books to read at home. Books may be checked out at the Grada Hopeman Gelser Library kiosk, located on the museum’s first floor in the Adams Atrium. 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.

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

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.