Trustee Development

We recognize that trustees play a crucial role in the ongoing success of our member libraries.  We offer training and consultation  to help member library boards make the best decisions for their libraries and communities.

OCPL develops both on-site trustee training for individual member library boards and system-wide trustee development workshops throughout the year. 

For more information about trustee development or to schedule a consultation, contact Amanda Travis (


OCPL coordinates system-wide delivery of materials to our 32 member libraries, OCM BOCES, Syracuse City School District and three correctional institutions.

The three routes are:

Yellow             Blue                Green

WH                 NE                   BC

SA                   PA                  BT

NS                   ES                  OF

CC                   MI                 MR

BR                   FY                  SK      

BV                   MN                 JO

LV                   TU                  EL

                        LF                 MX

                        DE                 FR

                        SL                  SV

                        PT                  HZ      



Contact Amanda Travis (, Coordinator for Member Services with any delivery questions.  


NYS Public Library Construction Grant Program

The State Aid for Public Library Construction Grant Program for our region is administered through Onondaga County Public Library.  To learn more about this program please visit the New York State Division of Library Development’s website.

Before You Apply:

  • Submit the Intent to Apply Form to OCPL by the annual deadline
  • Register for a NYS Directory Service Account (if you have never completed an application before - necessary to complete the online application)
  • FEIN and SED Vendor Number: In order for a public library to apply for funding from the NY State Library’s Public Library Construction Grant Program, the library must have its own FEIN number, which will enable the library to receive a NY State Education Department vendor number.  A public library must be assigned a vendor number in order to receive construction grant funds.
    • No FEIN? You will need to apply for one from the IRS.
    • No NY State Education vendor number? Barbara Massago in the NY State Library’s Division of Library Development will help the library complete the process for receiving a SED vendor ID number. She can be contacted at or by calling (518) 486-4885.
  • DUNS Number: A 9-digit DUNS number is issued by Dun & Bradstreet and used by the federal government to track how federal grant funds are allocated and expended by NY State, the State Education Department, and local agencies. To search for your agency's DUNS number or to register for one, go to Dun & Bradstreet's website.
  • SHPO Approval: If your building is more than 50 years old you may need to receive approval from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)

Approximate Timeline:

  • April 2017: Workshop before the Membership Council meeting for libraries intending to apply.
  • May 2017: Intent to Apply Form due to OCPL
  • June 2017: Libraries will be notified to begin work on their full Construction Grant Application
  • August 2017: Full Construction Grant Application due to OCPL
  • September 20, 2017: OCPL Board Meeting, System Services Advisory Committee to recommend project approval
  • September 21, 2017: Libraries will receive approved recommendation notification from the PLS board
  • October 3, 2017: Approximate deadline for final construction grant application due to DLD
  • June 2018: Libraries will be notified that their applications have been approved by DLD and DASNY
  • July - August 2018: Libraries will receive the first initial payment of Construction Grant Funds.

Complete the Intent to Apply Form by the annual deadline.


Contact Amanda Travis (, Coordinator for Member Services for more information on NYS Public Library Construction Aid.

Mobile Maker Labs

Mobile Maker Labs Coordinated by the OCPL Content Creation Service Response Team

Made possible in part by a state grant secured by Senator John A. DeFrancisco.

Learn more about the available Mobile Maker Labs

To reserve any Mobile Maker Lab please contact Karl Wasmuth at

Big Blue Blocks

Imagination Playground's Big Blue Blocks set contains a wide variety of loose parts, including cubes, bricks, cogs, curves, and cylinders.  But the parts are not simply loose.  They have holes and shapes that fit together in ways that allow for building, stacking, channeling, and connecting. They combine all the benefits of block play on a larger-than-life-size scale that encourages kids to play together in groups and have more fun. Children enjoy an endless variety of play patterns including construction, pretend play, role-playing and inventing their own games. Most importantly, they are deeply engaged, active and have hours of fun.

To reserve a set or for more information, contact Anne Gregory, ( Head of Central KidSpace.