About FOCL

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.


Individual Lecture tickets available
online at Ticketmaster and at the
Solvay Bank Box Office at the OnCenter.

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2017 - 18 Featured Speakers

Lauren Groff
March 12th

Lauren Groff is the author of the novel The Monsters of Templeton, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers, Delicate Edible Birds, a collection of stories, and Arcadia, a New York Times Notable Book, winner of the Medici Book Club Prize, and finalist for the L.A. Times Book Award.  READ MORE

Evan Osnos
April 16th

New Yorker staff writer and National Book Award-winning author Evan Osnos specializes in politics and foreign affairs, spanning the U.S., the Middle East, East Asia and China. He won the National Book Award in 2014 for Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China.  READ MORE

Maria Semple
May 29th

Maria Semple spent her early years traveling around Europe with her bohemian parents, but that ended abruptly when her father, Lorenzo Semple, Jr., finished a pilot for Batman while living in Torremolinos, Spain. He airmailed it in, they shot it, and the family moved to LA.  READ MORE

The Mission of the Friends of the Central Library is to champion the Central Library as a vital community resource. Through fundraising and public advocacy, we enhance the excellence of our library and its capacity to serve the community.

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