OCPL System Information

Welcome to Onondaga County Public Library System

The Onondaga County Public Library System (OCPL) is a federated library system of 32 public libraries throughout Onondaga County. We work together to provide the best possible services to the residents of our region. Our mission is to prepare our community for a bright future by creating opportunities, empowering people, and inspiring ideas. The impacts of our member libraries can be life-changing. Our region boasts 250,000 plus library card holders. This represents 54% of the population. Each year, community members visit our libraries more than 3 million times to enrich their quality of life. OCPL member libraries are passionate about their work, and in return, community members gain significant cost-saving services. It is a relationship demonstrating the essence of community partnership.

About OCPL

Chartered in 1976 by the New York State Board of Regents, OCPL is one of 23 public library systems in New York State. The System and eleven city libraries are governed by an eleven member Board of Trustees appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Legislature. The 21 member libraries are governed by their own board of trustees and funded primarily by local taxes. OCPL’s operations are guided by a Plan of Service developed in conjunction with system, member and city library staff to provide an overview of OCPL’s service program and proposes how the library system will accomplish those services. The Central Library has its own Plan of Service.


Helpful resources for directors, trustees and other stakeholders


Information about system services such as trustee development, delivery, grants and more