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Central Library



Robert P. Kinchen Central Library Central Library

The Galleries of Syracuse
447 South Salina St.
Syracuse, NY 13202-2494
E-mail: reference@onlib.org
Website: www.onlib.org

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All numbers are area code (315).

Telephone Information: 435-1900

Telephone Information Hours:
Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Saturday, 9:00 AM -3:00 PM

Hours Recording: 435-1902

Library Cards/Renewals: 435-1904

Renewal By Phone: 435-1430

Adult Literacy/ESL Information: 435-1835

Services for People w/Disabilities: 435-1876

TDD (Communication for the Deaf): 435-1872


Browse About, Lobby Level

Monday: 8:30 AM - 4:55 PM

Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 7:25 PM

Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 7:25 PM

Thursday: 8:30 AM - 4:55 PM

Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:55 PM

Saturday: 9:00 AM - 4:55 PM

Sunday: closed

All Upper Floors

Monday: 11:00 AM - 4:50 PM

Tuesday: 11:00 AM - 7:20 PM

Wednesday: 11:00 AM - 7:20 PM

Thursday: 11:00 AM - 4:50 PM

Friday: 11:00 AM - 4:50 PM

Saturday: 11:00 AM - 4:50 PM

Sunday: closed



Same as hours listed above


See News & Events for holiday closings at the Central Library and city libraries.

GRACE DAYS: 1, except for short loans


Search the Event Calendar or read Central's newsletter [pdf] for upcoming events.


Adult Literacy Program

Book Club for Adults - Tuesday PageTurners

Government Documents

Interlibrary Loan

Job Resources Center

Local History/Genealogy

Nonprofit Resource Center

Special Technologies and Adaptive Resources (STAR)


Friends of the Central Library




FAQs and Wireless Internet Access Policy [pdf]


Assembly District No. 128: Samuel D. Roberts

Assembly District No. 129: William B. Magnarelli

Senate District No. 53: David J. Valesky

Onondaga County Legislature Members




A Day in the Life of Central Library [View Slideshow]

On Feb. 24, 2012:
950 patrons visited
198 computer sessions took place
212 Reference questions were answered
990 Total circulation
2,591 website hits


Ground Level [Curtin Auditorium]: From the Salina Street entrance, enter the Curtin Auditorium for special events. You may also take the elevator in the library down to "A."

Community groups are welcome to use this facility, and library-sponsored programs such as lectures, receptions and performances are scheduled here. For more information about the use of this facility, please call 435-1900.

Lobby Level [Browse About]: The main entrance to the library is located on the second level of The Galleries. This level features the Browse-About area specializing in new popular books, feature film videos and DVDs, abridged audiobooks, CDs, magazines and the Central Library MediaBox. Express Internet access is available as well as checkout and library card registration.

Level Three: Information Services features both reference and circulating nonfiction books, periodicals, newspapers, government documents and maps. Special resources include computers Internet access; online periodical databases and reference services; the Nonprofit Resource Center; the choral music collection; and education, career, health and business collections.

Level Four: Fiction, biography, young adult, foreign language and large print books, classical music recordings, foreign films, documentary and instructional videos and DVDs, and unabridged audiobooks are located on this floor. The STAR (Special Technologies and Adaptive Resources) program provides materials and services for disabled individuals. The Literacy Resource Center provides information, learning materials and computer programs for adult tutors and students engaged in English As a Second Language and reading instruction. The Pass Computer Lab is used for group Internet and computer training classes. Individual personal computers with word processing applications are also available for public use.

Children’s World offers a full range of print and nonprint resources for children, preschool to grade six. Public access computers and software as well as Internet access are available for children in this department. A special feature is the Kids’ Answer Place, an information service including books and videos to help families cope with everyday problems. A teen area is also on level four.

Level Five: Local History/Genealogy is a respected research center with extensive collections on genealogy and local and state history.

Offices for Onondaga County Public Library personnel and administration are housed here.

Last updated: May 14, 2015