The Friends of the Central Library raises funds to support the Central Library, the hub of the Onondaga County Public Library system. Through our fundraising and public advocacy we work on behalf of the entire Onondaga County Library system, which includes city branches and suburban libraries. FOCL has donated over $600,000 to support library programs that promote reading, literacy, and lifelong learning throughout the community.
FOCL produces the Rosamond Gifford Lecture Series, the largest library-related lecture series in the country. In its twenty-three seasons, the Gifford Lecture Series has brought over 130 world-famous authors to Syracuse to entertain, inform and inspire Central New York audiences.