Rochester Public Library: Phillis Wheatley Community Library
33 Dr Samuel McCree Way, Rochester NY 14608
585-428-8212

Phillis Wheatley Branch


Five Fun Facts about Phillis Wheatley Library
  1. This branch of Rochester Public Library was named for Phillis Wheatley, the first African American Poet and the first African American woman to publish her writing.
  2. The library building was designed by Rochester architect, James H. Johnson.  Mr. Johnson has many uniquely designed buildings around the Rochester area including the Mushroom House in Powdermill Park. 
  3. When built in 1971, the Phillis Wheatley Library was a state-of-the-art media center.
  4. In 2009, a teen center was created within the Phillis Wheatley Library that includes 12 computers dedicated to teens, a comfy seating area and a chalkboard.
  5. The Phillis Wheatley Library has a large collection of African American non-fiction & fiction books.



Global, the Mascot of the Teen Space at the Phillis Wheatley Library
Name: Global
Library of Origin: Phillis Wheatley Library
Global doesn’t remember how the Phillis Wheatley Library came to be home. For Global the decision stay as the mascot was easy. Teens come from all over Rochester, NY to use this Library and they love Global. . Their homes of origin are from all over the world. ” I look like the world” says Global, ”So I will stay and represent you!” Global always carries a favorite book and loves to be squeezed.