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Paine Branch Library


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Location: Paine Branch Library

113 Nichols Ave.
Syracuse, New York 13206

Telephone: (315) 435-5442
Fax: (315) 435-3553

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Monday 9:00 AM - 7:30 PM

Tuesday 9:00 AM - 7:30 PM

Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sunday closed


Summer hours same as listed above.



See News and Events for holiday closings at the Paine Branch and other city libraries.


GRACE DAYS: 1, except for short loans



See the monthly Paine Branch Newsletter for upcoming events.

Check the OCPL Events Calendar to search for programs, classes, story times and more at your library.
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Branch Manager: Renate Dunsmore


Assembly District No. 119: Samuel D. Roberts

Assembly District No. 120: William B. Magnarelli

Senate District No. 50: John A. DeFrancisco

Onondaga County Legislature Members


Paine Branch Library is located off James St. in Eastwood at 113 Nichols Ave. We are across the street from the American Legion.  Alternate side of the street parking is available. We are handicapped accessible. We have Internet computers available for children and adults as well as wireless access.

Storytime for toddlers and preschoolers is a regular event from September thru May with several evening PJ story times for the whole family. We have many special children’s programs during vacation times and especially the summer months for Summer Reading Club to encourage reading. The special programs included Zoo to You, the McCarthy’s Celebrate Reading, Moreland the Magician, Meet the Crunch, and various musical programs, storytelling, etc.

A sample of adult programs for the past year: a John DeFrancisco Grant funded a 6 month series, “Computers for Everyday Tasks,” taught by Jeff Berman which covered topics from EBay to digital photography. We also have one-on-one basic Internet tutoring, AARP Tax preparation service from Feb through April 15th.   Our library’s 50th Anniversary Celebration was held in April 08, complete with music by Dick Ford, dancing and refreshments for everyone. Seventy five of our library customers came to wish us well and celebrate their community resource. 

We traditionally have a wide variety of art displays by local artists as well as yearly exhibits by Huntington, Blessed Sacrament and Henninger students.

The annual December Henninger High School art show and concert is an important tradition at Paine Branch. Throughout the month of December, Henninger art students showcase their artwork. The Henninger chorus also performs at the art opening, which is followed by a festive reception for the Eastwood community, Henninger students and faculty.

Paine Branch Library was originally the Eastwood Library, and became part of the Syracuse Public Library when Eastwood was annexed in 1926, when it became the Eastwood Branch. It was located at 101 Nichols Ave., which was later renumbered to 113. The branch moved temporarily into a store on James Street in 1957, while the old building on Nichols was demolished and a new one built on the same site. On March 19, 1958 the present facility was opened with ceremonies and named the Paul Mayo Paine Branch. Dr. Paine was a newspaperman and librarian, and was Director of the Syracuse Public Library from 1915-1942.

The library has a unique collection of historical materials on the Eastwood community including: history of Eastwood in the form of newspaper clippings and typed summaries dating from 1790, information and history of local companies and institutions including the Stickley-Simonds Chair Manufacturing Company, “Historical Mansions of James Street” ( a series of 17 articles on James Street mansions destroyed during urban renewal written by Wallace Hamilton and published in Syracuse newspapers 1958-1962),  Eastwood High School history and yearbooks, World War II era newsletters generated from Eastwood High and sent to their alumni servicemen and their "v-mail" responses. and Paine Branch Library history and scrapbooks. There are also newspaper articles on local personalities and historical figures such as Philip Midler.

Last updated June 6, 2016

June 6, 2016