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Friends of the Central Library


The Friends of the Central Library raises funds to support the Central Library, the hub of the Onondaga County Public Library which includes branches and suburban libraries. Since 1997, FOCL has donated over $600,000 to support library programs by purchasing books and materials.

FOCL produces and promotes the Rosamond Gifford Lecture Series, the largest library-related lecture series in the country. For twenty-three seasons, the Friends of the Central Library has brought over 100 world-famous authors to Syracuse to entertain, inform and inspire our Central New York audience.

The Friends of the Central Library believes that libraries are critical to the vibrancy of a community. Libraries afford residents opportunities to job search, research historical and genealogy records, educate, and entertain. FOCL supports and funds literacy efforts and resources.

Tickets for events are available in person at the War Memorial Oncenter Box Office, from the Oncenter Box Office at 315 435-2121 or For more information, visit

Contact: Joan Brooks
Address: 447 South Salina Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
Telephone: 315-435-1832
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