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 $650,000 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-five seasons, the Friends of the Central Library has brought over 150 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.