About Us

Ampersand Books is owned and operated by Writers & Books, Rochester’s leading nonprofit literary arts center. Our intimate space boasts a curated selection of award-winning and hard-to-find fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Specialties include small press titles, texts focused on social justice, and books by local authors. 

We are now open for browsing!

Stop in Thursday 11 am  - 8 pm, Friday 11 am - 5 pm (open until 8 pm on First Fridays), and Saturday 10 am - 3 pm.

COVID-19 Protocols

Everyone entering the building is required to wear a mask, with one’s nose and mouth properly covered. No exceptions. Masks will be provided at the entrance if you do not have one. If you cannot wear a mask for any reason, please email us at office@wab.org to discuss how we can best serve you.

Social distancing is strongly encouraged.

Hand sanitizer is available at all entrances and in bathrooms. Please follow CDC recommendations and wash your hands frequently.

If you'd like to get in touch with us, head to our contact page to email Clara O'Connor, Bookstore Coordinator, at ampersand@wab.org, or call us at (585) 473-2590 x 107.