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Robert P. Kinchen Central Library
Driving Directions [PDF]
Parking Information [PDF]
Map of Downtown Syracuse [PDF]
Central Newsletter [PDF]
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
Text A Librarian: Text 66746, Keyword Info2go
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
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
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
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS & SERVICES
PLAN OF SERVICE
- 2012-2016 Plan of Service, Complete [pdf]
- 2012-2016 Plan of Service, Element 11 - Central Library Services [pdf]
WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS POLICY
FAQs and Wireless Internet Access Policy [pdf]
Assembly District No. 119: Samuel D. Roberts
Assembly District No. 120: William B. Magnarelli
Senate District No. 49: David J. Valesky
A Day in the Life of Central Library [View Slideshow]
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: November 27, 2013